2020年3月3日

Doing Things Right or Doing Right Things – 2020 21st Century Speech Competition Provincial Contest

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.

I’ll bet you have seen the blockbuster Avengers: Infinite War last year. In the film, the existence of the universe was threatened by overpopulation. Thanos, the biggest villain, imagined a glorious blueprint of wiping the half of the universe to reach a balance between nature and beings. Judging from his motivation, his purpose seemed impeccable. It seems that he is the man to do the right thing. However, avengers stood out in defense of their irreplaceable rights to live. How can they managed to gather the joint efforts of every part of the universe, and finally defended the dignity of all beings? One word by Tony Stark left me a deep impression: “We don’t trade live.” That’s what the key is – they are doing things right.

Back to our daily life, we are always encouraged to do the right things. That established a wonderful aim. However, we seldom think about the process. Are we doing things right? Let’s take caring of the old as an example. It’s among our traditional virtues, and it’s always a good thing to see that people want to put it into action rather than say it as a slogan. However, every year around the traditional Double Ninth Festival, waves of volunteers gather in the nursing houses to show their symbolic efforts on helping the old. Obviously, their works are mostly duplicated and they actually bring more pain than pleasure to the old. It’s reported that some old people even have their feet washed seven times a day. What made it more dramatic is that as soon as the festival is over, the nursing house becomes completed empty again! The old people require daily care, not a sudden burst of kindness; Or in other words, they need things to be acted in the right way.

More essentially, doing things right and doing the right things are the two aspects of the same progress. Doing things right emphasize the result, while doing the right things lay stress on the process. However, leaving away proper ways of dealing with things, no right things will be done. So, please, reconsider your attitudes towards doing things. Remember, if you wipe out every piece of green on your way up, all that you are able to see on the top is a desert of desperate.

My presentation is over. Thanks for listening.

 

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