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This post was edited by wpywood at 2014-9-26 21:39|
Recently, a speech under the title of "hold up the sun of tomorrow" aimed at restoring pupils gratefulness to thier parents, teachers and to change their destiny, was held in The Central Elementary School of Jiasai town of Pingxian County in Liaocheng, Shandong. Under the guidance of the speaker, a number of over 1000 teachers, pupils and parents broke down for several times and burst into tears.
To begin with, I can't agree more with the liberal orientation of such educational activities, especially in this post-industrial world where the domination of technology and pragmatism is over traditional ethics and ideologies. Since people are human, education should focus on personal development first. It is believed that one should be taught with humanity first.
Thus we should be grateful to those who raise and care us, and to those who teach and discipline us. And these people are our parents and teachers. They have tried their best to bring the best to us. And we shall reflect and ponder upon our responses. However as pupils, we are just ungrateful, inconsiderate, impatient compared to our parents and teachers. Shouldn't we feel guilty and make a change? And only through changing our behaviors, shall we pay back their kindness and love. Usually this speech is delivered with rather sad and blue music.
Then, it just reaches the climax- throngs of emotional children full of guilty and adults feeling reassured burst into tears and hug each other. Is not this a moving spectacle of love？Shouldn't we feel sorry? Will it be strange not to be so emotional？
Here comes my worry. Firstly, Chinese people are known as collective. We attach great importance to others' feelings and comments on themselves. The humanity in Chinese is "仁" which literally means a harmonious relationship between two people. Moreover, We Chinese often compare life to a show on stage where everyone plays his part. As a show has opening, development, climax and ending, so it is with everything in China. These two factors just trouble every Chinese who don't want to lose face.
My concerns and questions are as follows:
When a hundred cry in such condition, shall one be permitted not to cry? If he or she doesn't cry or be less emotional, can we say they lack of gratefulness?