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February 18, 2008

On Valentine's Day last week, I had an English conversation class
but it's apparent that there were less students than as usual.
We guessed that students who were absent that day
must have had some kind of special events with their lover.

So what about us? We found that everyone in class that day  was still single at all.
So desperate...Cry Haha...

February 15, 2008

I cried while I was watching this song...

I'm not an American but I have a strong conviction about an American idea.

Bono once said:

"There's the country of America, which you have to defend,
but there's also the idea of America.
America is more than just a country, it's an idea.
An idea that's supposed to be contagious."


Margaret Thatcher also said:

"Europe will never be like America.
Europe is a product of history.
America is a product of philosophy."


To me, the American idea is the Rights to acqire
"Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."


Believe me. I'm not a sucker who totally believes everything
people, education system, media, or rock idol tell me.

I admire the idea of America and I want to learn more about it there
with the purpose to go back and improve people's life in my country.

My life has got stuck here for too long and I need change,
the change that "I" and only I can do it.


And the answer is "Yes, we can!"

 

I'M ASKING YOU TO BELIEVE.
Not just in my ability to bring about
real change in Washington... I'm
asking you to believe in yours.

               -Barack Obama-


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Song: Yes We Can

Artist: Will.I.Am

 

watch the music video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fZHou18Cdk

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.
Yes we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.
Yes we can. Yes we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores
and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.
Yes we can. Yes we can.

It was the call of workers who organized;
women who reached for the ballots;
a President who chose the moon as our new frontier;
and a King who took us to the mountain-top and pointed the way to the Promised Land.
Yes we can to justice and equality.
(yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can...)

Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.
Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.
Yes we can heal this nation.
Yes we can repair this world.
Yes we can. Si Se Puede
(yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can...)

We know the battle ahead will be long,
but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way,
nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.
We want change!
(We want change! We want change! We want change...)

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics who will only grow louder and more dissonant.
We've been asked to pause for a reality check.
We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.
But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. We want change!
(We want change! I want change! We want change! I want change...)

The hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA;
we will remember that there is something happening in America;
that we are not as divided as our politics suggests;
that we are one people;
we are one nation;
and together, we will begin the next great chapter in America's story with three words that will ring from coast to coast;
from sea to shining sea - Yes. We. Can.
(yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can...)

 

 

ps. My mom also likes Obama because she thinks he's handsome. Hahaha... 

February 13, 2008

Some people believe that universities
should require students to take classes on ethics,
whereas others believe a school
should focus only on academic issues.

Which do you think is better?
Support your decision with reasons and examples.


[picture source: http://webpub.allegheny.edu/dept/psych/Pictures/ethics-9651.jpg] 

 

Well, how important is "ethics"?
Although, I've never learned this subject at my university,
I regard myself an ethical one. (What a narcissist!)

Many of my friends who ever took the test of
CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and
CISA (Certified Investment and Securities Analyst)
have to study about ethics too.
However, as usual, they just recite and remember it
in order to take the tests and that's all...
After that, they already forget it so what the use of this thing?

Ethics is one of important moral principles for our life and career
and I totally agree with it but it should be based on one's own "common sense".
Can you force people to have common sense?
I don't think so... and I don't think that
the requirement for student to take classes on ethics can boost their morals.


So how I'm gonna answer this question with three supporting reasons?

Or should I take another point of view that may be easier to answer?

This is an ethical question. To stick to my position or leave it... Haha...



Come on... What am I gonna do???

OK! I'll stick to what I said (because I just don't want to raise new issue.)

Here's my answer:


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Although ethics is one of important moral principles for our life and career,
I don't agree with the idea that students are required to take this subject.

To begin with, you cannot compel people to be ethical by making them study it.
It should be something that they can learn from examples in real life,
from their family, and from socialization.

Another reason is that the more you force people to learn something,
the more they may resist to it.
In my opinion, some old cliches and sterotypes should be reevaluate.
People should have rights to believe in what he thinks it is right or wrong
by using their own judgment based on rational and logical thinking,
not by something older people said.

For the reasons above mentioned, teaching ethics should not be requied to study
but students should be the one who decides whether to take it or not.
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Gosh, the more I write, the more confused I become...
Or should I have taken another position for this topic?
Maybe because I didn't well outline it before answering it.

What I've learned today is:

Don't forget (or intentionally avoid)
making outline before you answer the question!!!


09:15 PM Feb 14 2008

mrlouiskool
China

it is really a meaningful and thoughtful topic ,and this topic is also a probleme in China