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The City and the Quality of Life(21世纪演讲参赛必读作品)   

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Talking with Neighbors

Ladies and gentlemen:

One evening this summer holiday, I stayed at home alone, reading blogs and chatting with friends on line. Suddenly it was a blackout. I looked out of the window, scared. Then I heard neighbors moving downstairs. I closed the door and followed them.

We gathered in the garden and began to talk, even though we didn’t know each other before. Some asked, others answered. Our topics continued. My fear was gone. It was the first time since I moved into that community. Shamefully, too much bound by the internet and my mobile phones, I ignored my neighbors.

Ladies and Gentlemen, city life is like a melting pot, so melting today that it’s full of paradox. We have bigger houses, but smaller amount of friends; we’ve flied to other cities, but fewer of us walk a single step to neighbors.

 We choose cities for comfortable environment. True. But do we feel comfortable when we live among strangers?

We have shopping malls or gyms. But are we proud of them when we feel lonely at home?

One of my roommates told me she used to live by an old man who raised dogs. But the dogs were amazingly noisy and dirty. Even worse a girl was bitten by the dogs. Things didn’t change until a neighbor couple visited him. They talked and explained. The old man told them he had lost his wife. Daughter studied abroad. He raised dogs, so he didn’t feel lonely. Shocked by the old man’s history, the couple decided to visit him often. More excitingly, other neighbors joined them. Dogs became peaceful and friendly.

Ladies and gentlemen, talking with neighbors takes time and effort, but it is more rewarding. It doesn’t demand a restaurant or a teahouse. It works when we talked that summer night, when we smile to new neighbors, when we think of neighbors in our minds.

 

Fengshui classes in college?作者: 时间:2008-11-12 期号:779

FENGSHUI, the traditional Chinese study of geographic omens for building construction, cemeteries and internal decoration, is proving extremely popular as a new university course. This is despite the debate over its status as a science or superstition.

Last month, more than 100 students at the School of Urban Construction at Wuhan University of Science and Technology attended the “Architecture and Fengshui” lecture given by a teacher named Ma Wei.

“The course will focus on how to make residential buildings and their interior decoration coexist with their surrounding environments more harmoniously,” Ma told the media. He said a person’s physical environment affected their psychological state. This could change their character and thereby their fortunes.

Fengshui, literally translated as “wind and water”, has been widely practiced in China for thousands of years.

In modern times, however, many claim it is a superstition rather than a part of traditional culture.

Traditionally, people who practiced fengshui were consulted before the construction of a building. Though the government has never banned the practice officially, fengshui is defined in dictionaries as a “superstitious activity in ancient China”.

The fengshui course has aroused a hot debate. Some experts say that fengshui is not considered scientific and that colleges should be cautious about offering the course. Others argue that the fengshui course is composed of geophysics and landscape architecture.

So what do you think? Should colleges offer fengshui courses?

YES

There’re some scientific elements in fengshui’s doctrines.

1. Fengshui’s aim is to maintain a harmony between man and nature. It’s a unique part of Chinese traditional culture. We can’t deny there are some superstitious elements in fengshui. Making it a college course can help people better understand it and inherit knowledge without the unscientific elements.

2. It’s the demand of the market. Superstition or no superstition, many people nowadays take fengshui into consideration when buying or decorating their homes. It does not harm students to learn something that will help them in their future career.

NO

Fengshui contains too many mystical elements which separate it from science.

1. Fengshui is no science. It is there for people to make money out of when someone wants a house built. We should be concerned that it might make a comeback disguised as science. It has no place at a higher education institution.

2. The university shouldn’t use a controversial tag for a common course, just to attract students. If it were called “Living Environment and Architectural Design”, no one would have commented at all.

Is Web addiction a disorder?作者:AGENCIES 时间:2008-11-12 期号:779

FEELING tense and angry because you cannot get online?

It’s time to seek medical help. Internet addiction is now considered a clinical disorder rather than just a bad habit, according to a new Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) diagnostic manual approved over the weekend by psychologists in China.

There are two major symptoms of IAD: Lingering online for more than six hours a day instead of working or studying; and having adverse reactions from not being able to get online.

The manual would be the first of its kind in the world to label IAD a disorder if the Ministry of Health approves it, said Tao Ran, a leading medical professional on addiction in China. Tao headed the drafting of the manual. The ministry is likely to give the manual the green light next year, Tao said.

The manual could also influence how Western countries view IAD. The American Psychiatric Association is debating whether to include IAD in its manual. Some psychiatrists argue that IAD is not a true addiction and may in fact be no more than a symptom of other, existing disorders.

They argue that an overbroad description of addiction may have some normal behavior being declared an addiction. For example, a person who has lengthy telephone conversations with a friend could be declared “addicted to the telephone”. So could a person who chats online with the same basic goal.

Is there a cure?

IAD sufferers usually engage in five main activities: Online gaming, Net pornography, excessive involvement in virtual social networking, too much Internet shopping and general cyber-surfing.

IAD is curable. The treatment is similar to that for other addictions: It involves cutting off patients’ Web connection before offering them psychological counseling. Doctors organize activities to teach patients how to socialize in the real world.

Go to www.netaddiction.com to learn more about IAD.

 

Have Fun And Save The Planet

Think Globally, Eat Locally

We all know that our planet needs our help right now, but we often feel unsure about what to do, where to make an effort, and what will really help. The good news is that we can heal the planet on a daily basis simply by buying and eating food that is grown locally. Food that has been transported long distances doesn’t contain much life force by the time it gets to your kitchen. Making a commitment to shop, buy, and eat locally is not only a very important part of creating positive change, it can also be delicious fun.

One of the best places to begin the adventure of eating locally is a farmer’s market. Stalls brim with fresh fruits and vegetables grown on nearby farms. Not only is this good for the environment, it’s good for the farmers since they benefit from selling directly to the consumer. The consumer benefits, too, from the intimate experience of buying food from the hand of the person who grew it. In addition, the food is fresher and more diverse. In supermarkets, particular varieties of fruits and vegetables are favored due to their ability to survive transport to a far destination. Alternately, at a farmer’s market, you will find versions of the fruits and vegetables you know that will surprise and delight your senses—green striped heirloom tomatoes, purple cauliflower, white carrots, and edible flowers, just to name a few.

Make an effort to buy as much of your food as possible directly from local farmers. You will become one of a growing number of people eating delicious food to save the planet and having fun doing it.

 

全国英语演讲比赛中西部地区总决赛选手名单公布

发布时间:2008-11-05 15:05:27

第十四届“21世纪·联想杯”全国英语演讲比赛

中西部地区总决赛选手名单公布      武汉11月22日隆重举行

中西部赛区

薛晓微

武汉大学

陈大卫

西安外国语大学

马睿

四川外语学院

张园园

西北工业大学

苟小龙

西安电子科技大学

王涛

华中师范大学

王戎

中国人民解放军外国语学院

费健博

电子科技大学

于宜鑫

西北农林科技大学

李红梅

河南工业大学

李育

西南政法大学

李娟

湖北工业大学

霍小佳

西南交通大学

陈月帆

四川外语学院成都学院

高丽

武汉工程大学

丁竞

武汉科技学院

宋大为

武汉理工大学

黄芹

重庆工商大学 

丁昂

西南财经大学

周仁德

兰州大学

王婉珺

西安翻译学院

刘闵文

武汉科技大学中南分校

周旭华

重庆教育学院

陈东楠

西安交通大学

吴垠

孝感学院

刘箫

襄樊学院

秦瑜

长江师范学院

毛秋旭

三峡大学

朱聃

中国地质大学

何依林

西安科技大学

Why Should People Put Up with Life in the City?
 
Many people think that life in the city is more exciting than in rural areas. Can you imagine exchanging the glamour of city life for a quiet life in the countryside?
Many people want to move from the country to the city because they think that life in the city is more exciting and better than in rural areas, especially younger people who like new, modern things.
Often people like to be fashionable and feel they can find the latest styles only in the city.
Other people are interested in technological things and high tech jobs and think they can find them only in a big city. If they want to find a job, especially a good position in a company, they feel they have to live in a city. To enjoy these jobs, they are willing to put up with many of the disadvantages of city life such as crime, high traffic, and pollution.
However, it is now possible to enjoy a higher quality of life in the countryside and still enjoy some of the advantages of living in the city.
Nowadays, travel is fast and information is available on the Internet, so many people are able to do their work in home offices.
Because they have e-mail and personal computers, they don't have to be in big cities to conduct their business. It is not important where they actually work because the results of their work can be sent everywhere with technology. So, why should they put up with all the disadvantages of the city any longer. Now they can escape hectic city life to enjoy life in the countryside and still be able to do good business and successful careers.

 When Pain Comes Our Way

Honoring All Experiences

Honoring the experiences we have in our lives is an invaluable way to communicate with life, our greatest teacher. We do this when we take time at night to say what we are thankful for about our day and also when we write in a journal. Both of these acts involve consciously acknowledging the events of our lives so that they deepen our relationship to our experiences. This is important because it brings us into closer connection with life, and with the moment. Only when we acknowledge what’s happening to us can we truly benefit from life’s teachings.

It is especially important when pain comes our way to honor the experience, because our natural tendency is to push it away and move past it as quickly as possible. We tend to want to brush it under the rug. Yet, if we don’t, it reveals itself to be a great friend and teacher. As counterintuitive as it seems, we can honor pain by thanking it and by welcoming it into the space of our lives. We all know that often the more we resist something, the longer it persists. When we honor our pain, we do just the opposite of resisting it, and as a result, we create a world in which we can own the fullness of what life has to offer.

We can honor a painful experience by marking it in some way, bringing ourselves into a more conscious relationship with it. We might mark it by creating a work of art, performing a ritual, or undertaking some other significant act. Sometimes all we need to do is light a candle in honor of what we’ve gone through and what we’ve learned. No matter how small the gesture, it will be big enough to mark the ways in which our pain has transformed us, and to remind us to recognize and value all that comes our way in this life.

Remembering To Pause

Beyond Reacting

We have all had the experience of reacting in a way that was less than ideal upon hearing bad news, or being unfairly criticized, or being told something we did not want to hear. This makes sense because when our emotions are triggered, they tend to take center stage, inhibiting our ability to pause before we speak. We may feel compelled to release the tension by expressing ourselves in some way, whether it’s yelling back at the person yelling at us, or rushing to deliver words of comfort to a friend in trouble. However, there is much to be said for teaching ourselves to remember to pause and take a deep breath before we respond to the shocks and insults that can come our way in life.

For one thing, our initial response is not always what’s best for us, or for the other people involved. Reacting to childish rage with childish rage will only escalate the negativity in a situation, further ensnaring us in an undesirable dynamic. Similarly, when we react defensively, or simply thoughtlessly, we often end up feeling regret over our words or actions. In the end, we save ourselves a lot of pain when we take a deep breath and really tune in to ourselves, and the other person, before we respond. This doesn’t necessarily mean we don’t say anything, although in some cases, that may be the best option.

Some situations require a fairly immediate response, but even just a moment of grounding ourselves before we do so can help enormously. The next time you find yourself wanting to react, try to pause, and in that pause, take a deep breath. Feel your feet on the floor, the air on your skin, and listen for a response to arise within you, rather than just going with the first thing that pops into your head. You may find that in that moment, there is the potential to move beyond reaction and into the more subtle and creative realm of response, where something new can happen.

 

Growing Pains living in city like living in any place

living in big cities, it can be very challenging to maintain a positive attitude and a measure of faith when you are in the midst of difficult times. This is partly because we tend to think that if the city loves us we will experience that love in the form of positive circumstances. However, we are like children, and the city is our wise mother who knows what our mind and body need to thrive better than we do. Just as a young child does not benefit from getting everything he or she wants, we also benefit from times of constriction and difficulty to help us grow and learn, like housing problems, schooling and traffic, and so many. If we keep this in mind, and continue to trust that city loves us even when things are hard, it helps us bear the all difficult time with grace.

This period of time when we are in beginning of city life is full of difficulty, and you may feel less alone knowing you are not being singled out. There are extreme energy changes pulsing through this period at every level and, of course, we are all part of the growing process and the growing pains. It helps if we remember that city life is one phase after another and that this difficult time will inevitably give way to something new and different. When we feel overwhelmed we can comfort ourselves with the wise saying: This too shall pass.

At the same time, if you truly feel that nothing is going right for you, it’s never a bad idea to examine your city life and see if there are some changes you can make to alleviate some of the difficulty. Gently and compassionately exploring the areas giving you the most trouble may reveal things you are holding onto and need to release: unprocessed emotions, unresolved transitions, or negative ways of looking at yourself or reality around you. As you take responsibility for the things you can change, you can more easily surrender to the things you can’t, remembering all the while that this phase will, without doubt, give way to another.

第十四届“21世纪·联想杯”全国英语演讲比赛
东、南地区决赛选手名单火热出炉    南京11月16日、广州11月15日开赛在即

东部赛区

李方斐

青岛理工大学

邓力

复旦大学

王吟颖

上海外国语大学

梁臣

上海大学

陈肯

南京大学

骆艳秋

青岛大学

欧阳超

浙江警察学院 

袁晨

常州工学院

吴文弢

南京理工大学

孔颖琦

华东政法大学

沈峤

华东理工大学

俞菲菲

合肥工业大学

赵大伟

山东大学

金飞

南京航空航天大学

白航

浙江传媒学院

杨子曼

上海交通大学

于晓然

青岛科技大学

闫胜男

山东工商学院

詹亞雄

烟台大学

赵旋   

浙江工商大学

孙维容

上海财经大学

沈绛宜

上海理工大学

郭强

济南大学

许平

上海对外贸易学院

李洋

中国海洋大学

周怡臻

上海海事大学

吴婵

东南大学

沙漠

东华大学

杨云康

南京师范大学

方文弘

安徽大学

李方斐

青岛理工大学

南部赛区

徐婧博

桂林电子科技大学

刘婷婷

深圳大学

宋艺

广西师范大学

李君宝

中山大学

陈秀玲

广东商学院

王冠

长沙理工大学

周嘉斌

华南农业大学

黄紫燕

暨南大学

李汨

怀化学院

李珺

湖南涉外经济学院

陈思名

衡阳师范学院

董玉娜

九江学院

黄诗倩

广西大学

陈衡俊

龙岩学院

吴颖

福建师范大学

范丽雅

湖南师范大学

李舒扬

华南理工大学

杨梓

江西财经大学

肖志斌

南昌大学

杜青

湖南商学院

曾立娟

华南师范大学

曹素

广东外语外贸大学

丁浩

中南林业科技大学

晏妮

湖南理工学院

李妮芳

湘潭大学

刘丹

广东金融学院

郑婷婷

湖南科技大学

叶倩霞

厦门大学

郑睿

广东工业大学

袁勇翔

中南大学

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比赛时间:
东部:2008年11月16日
南部:2008年11月15日
比赛地点:
东部:南京市金汇大酒店(南京白下区白下路288号)
南部:广州市东山宾馆(广州市越秀区三育路44号)

 

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