Facing this audience on the stage, I have the exciting feeling of participating in the march of history, for what we are facing today is more than a mere competition or contest. It is an assembly of some of China’s most talented and motivated people, representatives of a younger generation that are preparing themselves for the coming of a new century.
I’m grateful that I’ve been given this opportunity, at such a historic moment, to stand here as a spokesman of my generation and to take a serious look back at the past 15 years, a crucial period for every one of us and for this nation as well.
Though it is only within my power to tell about my personal experience, and only a tiny fragment of it at that, it still represents, I believe, the root of a spirit which has been essential to me and to all the people bred by the past 15 years.
In my elementary years, there was a little girl in the class who worked very hard but somehow could never do satisfactorily in her lessons.
The teacher asked me to help her, and it was obvious that she expected a lot from me. but as a young boy, restless, thoughtless, I always tried to evade her so as to get more time to enjoy myself.
One day before the final exam, she came up to me and said, Could you please explain this to me? I want very much to do better this time. I started explaining, and finished in a hurry. Pretending not to notice her still confused eyes, I ran off quickly. Nat surprisingly, she again did very badly in the exam. And two months later, at the beginning of the new semester, word came of her death of blood cancer. No one ever knew about the little task I failed to fulfill, but I couldn’t forgive myself. I simply couldn’t forget her eyes, which seem to be asking, Why didn’t you do a little more to help me, when it was so easy for you? Why didn’t you understand a little better the trust placed in you, so that I would not have to leave this world in such pain and regret?
I was about eight or nine years old at that time, but in a way it was the very starting point of my life, for I began to understand the word responsibility and to learn to always do my duties faithfully and devotedly, for the implications of that sacred word has dawned on me: the mutual need and trust of people, the co-operation and inter-reliance which are the very foundation of human society.
Later in my life, I continued to experience many failures. But never again did I feel that regret which struck me at the death of the girl, for it makes my heart satisfied to think that I have always done everything in my power to fulfill my responsibilities as best I can.
As I grew up, changed and improved by this incident and many other similar ones, I began to perceive the changes taking place around me and to find that society, in a way, was in its formative years like myself. New buildings, new commodities and new fashions appear every day.
New ideas, new information, new technologies. People can talk with each other from any corner of the earth in a matter of seconds. Society is becoming more competitive.
&nds. Society is becoming ike individuality and creativity are getting more emphasis and more people are rewarded for their hard work and efforts. Such is the era in which this generation ,grows and matures.
Such is the era in which this generation will take over the nation from our fathers and learn to run it. Yet in the meantime, many problems still exist.
Civilized behavior: learning to act with a proper sense of honor and shame
A man will not render good services to his country if he can do nothing civilized ,for in proportion as he respect himself while he respects his country. The civilized behavior is the birthplace of true patriotism. It is the secret of social welfare and national greatness .It’s the basis and origin of civilization.
Civilized behavior is not a matter of boast or the quality of imagination; it’s the matter of down –to- earth principle. It’s the freshness of the deep springs of life. Civilized behavior means a temperamental predominance of responsibility over superficiality, of the appetite for initiation over the love of conformity.
We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents. We do not choose our historical epoch, the country of our birth or the immediate circumstances of our upbringing. We do not, most of us, choose to die; nor do we choose the time or conditions of our death. But within all this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we shall live, how we shall behave, honorably or dishonorably, dowdy indifference or dynamically .We decide what is honored and what is shame in life. We decide that what makes us significant is either what we do, or what we refused to do. But no matter how indifferent the universe may be to our choices and behaviors, these choices and behaviors are ours to make. We choose. We behave. And as we choose and behave, so are our personality formed. In the end, forming our own personality is what behavior is about.
As a president , civilized behavior is what he relies on to get respect from his fellow man and what he relies on to inspire his peoples facing the hardships.
As an actor, civilized behavior is the way he treats his fans and audience so he could be well-accepted by people.
As a teacher, civilized behavior is to be fair, be responsible, be gracious and be mother like. .
As parents, civilized behavior is indispensable to illustrate their teaching for the children and to be accepted by them.
As a student, I have no special desire to tell you those shameful behaviors in detail .But frankly I must say we really need to take some measures to discipline ourselves .We can work on what we are facing everyday. When we walk along the park in campus, we should take good care of not stepping on the green grass around us, don’t we? After finishing our dinner in the cafeteria, It’s better for us to collect our own plates to the washing pot, isn’t it? What is hardly can be taken serious notice is that, when others are doing their business, are we making bothersome sounds?
We Chinese have a saying—if a man plants melons, he will reap melons; if he sows beans, he will reap beans. In the end, we are all the sum total of our actions.
So let civilized behavior engulf the whole campus and embody in every student action.
Let civilized behavior forever serve as a light beacon for all of us in the long journey of life.
Let these civilized behavior speaking contest really impress us and sometime in the future when we look back, we can say that we benefit a lot from it.
Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind ; it is not rosy cheeks , red lips and supple knees, it is a matter of the emotions : it is the freshness ; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life .
Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite , for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of 60 more than a boy of 20 . Nobody grows old merely by a number of years . We grow old by deserting our ideals.
Years wrinkle the skin , but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul . Worry , fear , self –distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust .
Whether 60 of 16 , there is in every human being ‘s heart the lure of wonders, the unfailing childlike appetite of what’s next and the joy of the game of living . In the center of your heart and my heart there’s a wireless station : so long as it receives messages of beauty , hope ,cheer, courage and power from men and from the infinite, so long as you are young .
When the aerials are down , and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old ,even at 20 , but as long as your aerials are up ,to catch waves of optimism , there is hope you may die young at 80.