12 岁男孩:顺着光亮的方向走

刚读到一则有趣的新闻。

在南非,一个12岁的童军,和朋友登山戏水时,不小心掉了队,结果,自己一个人在山里自保求生。

这位男童军视力弱,又有哮喘病,在山里,赤脚,身上只穿着一条泳裤。

夜里,气温下降。他把沾了尿液的树叶,覆盖在身上取暖。

在山里,他还遇上了一群狒狒 (a troop of baboons),其中一只还把他弄伤了。

A troop of baboons - photo by Loggawiggler via Pixabay.

男孩很幸运,他不断向前行,沿着篱笆走,失踪了将近 24 个小时后,他找到了一所房子,一名农夫赶紧把他收留了。

小男孩获救了。或者,可以说,小男孩自救了。

援救者都称赞这位男生,称他是 “英雄”,因为,要在那么恶劣的环境中求存,对大人来说,也不是件容易的事。

我最感动的,是男生在受访时说的这段话:

“I kept thinking I should follow the river, follow the light, follow the sun and eventually there will be buildings and roads and people and I could call home。”

“我一直提醒自己,要顺着河流着,顺着光亮,顺着太阳,最后,我一定会找到到房子、道路、人,然后我可以打电话回家。”

很简单的一段话,却富含道理。小男孩的求生意志很强,凭着 “顺着光亮” 走的信念,在孤寂中不断向前行,结果,他拯救了自己。

如果身处逆境,要记得顺着河流,顺着光亮,顺着太阳的方向走。

文章原文收录在英国泰晤士报里 Lost boy scout, 12, survived mountain baboon attack - The Times & The Sunday Times

我把内容抄录在这里,供参考:

Grass - image by nmueller via Pixabay.

Stuart Graham, Johannesburg
October 19 2016 The Times

Lost boy scout, 12, survived mountain baboon attack

Rescue workers hailed the survival instincts of a 12-year-old Boy Scout who endured a baboon attack and used urine-soaked leaves to keep warm through the night after he got separated from his troop.

Tristan Smyth, who has poor eyesight and asthma, was wandering for almost 24 hours in the Magaliesberg mountains outside Johannesburg.

Anita Smyth, his mother, said that he lost his Scout group at a mountain pool at about lunchtime on Saturday. He was barefoot and wearing only his swimming trunks when he realised he had been left behind.

He walked up a hill but went in the wrong direction until night fell and the temperature dropped. He tried to follow the moon to safety but the sky clouded over.

Later he heard what he thought were human voices. He ran towards them only to discover that he had stumbled into a troop of baboons. One of the creatures scratched Tristan who jumped into a gorge to escape.

He found water and washed the blood off his wounds, for which he would later need rabies injections. As the night grew later, hail stones pelted down upon the boy. To keep warm he instinctively used his own urine to stick leaves to his body.

Paramedics began searching for Tristan on Saturday evening. By the next morning mountain search and rescue, the police’s K9 and air-wing units and local farmers were searching.

“I heard one of the policemen say it was time to call in the divers to start searching the pools and dams,” Mrs Smyth said. “That was when my legs gave in.”

Minutes later, shortly after 11am, Mrs Smyth’s mobile phone rang. Her son had been found.

Tristan had followed a fence until he found a house, where he was taken in by a farmer and given a warm meal. A helicopter airlifted him to his mother, who was waiting nearby. He was dehydrated and traumatised and had suffered cuts and scratches from the baboon.

He said he had never felt so alone in the hours he was lost in the dark, but the thought of seeing his mother again kept him going.

“I kept thinking I should follow the river, follow the light, follow the sun and eventually there will be buildings and roads and people and I could call home,” he told the Randburg Sun newspaper.

“I got scared thinking they would not find me, I did stop and got emotional, but then I just kept on going.” Rescuers have called the boy a hero, saying they had never seen a 12-year-old do what he did to survive as the terrain was steep and rough.

Magaliesberg, where many battles were fought during the Anglo Boer War from 1899 to 1902, is home to leopards, wild dogs and about 30 species of snake.

“Many adults would battle [struggle] in that situation,” an off-road rescue duty officer who was involved in the search, said. “I would not volunteer to walk through that barefoot.”

Mrs Smyth said the family was having trouble sleeping and that her son was having frequent nightmares. “He can’t seem to sleep for longer than an hour and a half,” she said.

The family are receiving counselling at a local police station.

Tristan said he and his family had never been closer, but that he would suspend his scouting hobby for now.

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2 thoughts on “12 岁男孩:顺着光亮的方向走”

  1. 想起陳之藩的失根的蘭花,「古人說:人生如萍,在水上亂流。…以我看,人生如絮,飄零在此萬紫千紅的春天。」國中時,讀到失根的蘭花的課文,曾經對於生命的目的與方向,失落良久,發覺自我的內心狀態竟然與課文所寫的文句相同,於是產生強烈的回響,思索多年卻也依然迷惘,一直到台大時,在安靜的圖書館中,受善知識的接引與陪伴,才得以在書海中,看到廣闊的天地與人生的方向,從而得以在其後的旅程穩健前行;因此,在生命的迷惘時,有時需要一段時間的沉澱與找尋,安靜於當下的生活,當關鍵的因緣到來時,加上穩健向上的心,用心探索內心的世界,就會看到生命的美好,從而發揮生命的價值;感恩生命中曾經出現的關鍵因緣的朋友,那些往事就如同小男孩在險境中所依循的光亮般,如冬日的陽光如此的溫暖,讓冰封的世界逐漸綠草如茵。

    1. 此段心声就是一段十分优美的散文。谢谢分享。

      12岁的小男孩,那么单纯,虽然曾感到害怕,仍靠着求生的意志,坚定的走出了黑暗。人生中不乏起起落落,怀有一颗坚定的心,真的十分重要。人生中有许多困难,年长者不一定有这位小男生的智慧。不同时段有不同时段的挑战和烦恼,如你所说,需要时间的沉淀于找寻,向前行,追寻生命的美好。

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