Smile is the unaffected, unplanned, natural connection between people. I tell this story in my work because I’d like people to consider that underneath all the layers we construct to protect ourselves, our dignity, our titles, our degrees, our status and our need to be seen in certain ways―underneath all that remains the authentic, essential self.
I’m not afraid to call it the soul. I really believe that if that part of you and that part of me could recognize each other, we wouldn’t be enemies. We couldn’t have hate or envy or fear.
I sadly conclude that all those other layers, which we so carefully construct through our lives, distance and insulate us from truly contacting others.
【注】authentic a. 可信的；insulate v. 隔离
conclude v. ①结束 ②作出决定
例：Once the price had been agreed, a deal was quickly concluded.
From his appearance we may safely conclude that he is a chain smoker.
搭配：conclude with (使)结束，终止：
The performance concluded with Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’.
拓展：conclusion n. 结论，结束