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Actions speak louder than words  

2008-09-11 09:46:11|  分类: 英语文章 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words  --A Letter From A Parent

Man, when young, is innocent, ignorant and vulnerable. It’s only too easy for them to be deceived , seduced and tempted by a sea of the evils in the world. With such things as drug abuses and free sex available everywhere, how can they avoid being influenced? There is no doubt that surrounding conditions play a vital role in the formation and development of one’s characters and qualities.

Quite a lot of elderly people firmly believe that things were far better in the 1950’s and 1960’s when most people lived a very simple life and didn’t have to worry about all the trouble our children are obliged to face now. Being poor and isolated from the outside world, without so many temptations to resist, they could not but be contented with what they had. But can that be called virtue?

When Adam and Eve lived in the Paradise, they were innocent and free from worldly worries. I wonder if they felt they were happy or not. It’s true that they were pure, but could we regard them as virtuous? Obviously, they had a strong desire for something different, new and forbidden. When they accepted the Apple offered by the Serpent and tasted it, the fruit of intelligence opened their eyes. Suddenly they were faced with all kinds of things in the world, good and evil, and then endless sufferings began. Now they knew what was wrong and what was right. They had to make countless decisions, because they had free choice to be good or bad. Only then could they be judged in terms of virtue.

The world is changing all the time and fast. And nobody can hold it back. Look at what is happening in the West. They have tasted the fruits of modernization, which we are sparing no efforts to reach. However, part of the fruits is bitter and poisonous. We can’t help feeling alarmed at the cultural invasion from the West by means of all sorts of media, especially TV and the Internet .Our young people are directly exposed to the evil side of their society. Rich and comfortable life doesn’t necessarily bring them happiness. Instead it seems that they are trying every means to destroy themselves. But here comes the misunderstanding. In fact, most young people in the West are good for sure. They have been exposed to everything in their society, both good and bad. Then they make their own choice. In this sense, they have much better immunity against the evil than those who are kept in the evil-free environment.

As a father of a young daughter, I used to be worried about her future. She is so pure and innocent now. The evil in society is just like a crocodile which may hurt her at any time. But surely it’s impossible to shut her up from the outside world. It is certain that she has to face all the things there and make the decision on her own. Of course, this doesn’t mean we parents just stand by and look on without doing anything to help.

The impact of what parents do on children can be tremendous. Whether they set a good example or a bad one will make a huge difference to their children’s future.  We can’t imagine a child will be good if parents do wrong all the time. If a father is often drunk, never cares for the family, and beats his wife and children without any reason, his son may be like him when he grows up. And the father should be responsible for everything. Some parents often complain that their children don’t like reading books, but they never realize that the main reason is that they never read any books themselves. Likewise, we can’t expect our children to work hard if we play cards or majong to kill time without doing anything meaningful and useful. Many times we can’t understand why what we say just falls on the deaf ears of our children. Well, I suppose they need our actions instead of our words, because actions are much more influential and persuasive.

It’s unfair to punish or criticize a child if he does something that we also do ourselves. In the Bible, a woman did something wrong and should be stoned to death according to the law. When people gathered around her with stones in their hands and were about to throw, Jesus asked them to think if they had done anything wrong themselves. After thinking for some time, every one of them dropped the stones and left one by one in silence. Of course, no one is perfect. We can’t deny that we have never done anything wrong. However, at least we can change for better, if we choose to do so. After all, if we are not willing to change, how can we expect our children to change?

There is no doubt that it’s easier said than done. It’s our obligation to help our children fight against all the evils in the world so that they will be useful and upright citizens in the future. We must set good examples for them to follow. Let’s always remember: Actions speak louder than words.

 

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