Should We Trace and Reclaim Culture Relics Lost Overseas?
The loss of China’s cultural relics is a serious problem and also a historical
issue. Some people now firmly support tracing and reclaiming cultural relics lost
overseas. In terms of the significance or value, they insist, the lost relics are historically, scientifically and artistically important. Besides, it is just natural that
the owner gets back what belongs to him.
Others, however, oppose the recovery. Since many lost cultural relics are put up for auction, it is the traffickers, speculators and overseas auction houses that
benefit most from the reclaiming. Worse still, the huge profit from cultural relics
would stir up more smuggling and illegal digging for cultural relics. In a way,
tracing and reclaiming the lost cultural relics would set up a vicious circle.
Personally speaking, I think we should maintain a sensible attitude when it
comes to reclaiming cultural relics lost overseas. If our cultural relics are under high-level preservation and available to the whole mankind to the greatest extent, there is no need to reclaim them. After all, just as the international heritage concept advocates, cultural relics belong to all humanity.
The Real-name Train Ticket System Launched
In some southern cities, railway station offices and authorized agencies
have begun selling name-based railway tickets. Requiring a valid form of
identification, the real-name system aims to make buying tickets more
convenient and fairer. It is also said to be effective in curbing scalping,
especially during the Chinese New Year travel peak.
Though the aim of introducing real-name train ticket is fully justified, it
has brought about some problems. One problem is the leaking of personal
information. Buyers’ names and ID numbers printed on the tickets may be
used to make false certificates or for other purposes once the tickets fall into
the wrong hands. Another is that the complicated system and check-in process
add to the already heavy workload of the railway workers.
In my views, the name-based train ticket system is a bold try to ensure
passengers’ security and an effective weapon against notorious scalping. Since
it is new-born and needs time to perfect itself, we should treat fairly the current problems it brings. I believe that with people’s awareness of privacy
protection enhanced, and with the development of technology, the problems will soon be things of the past.
Ever since the World Climate Conference was held in Copenhagen,
the term “low-carbon lifestyle” has become a buzzword in our daily life.
Everyone, old or young, is talking about it and exerting himself to achieve
the low-carbon goal. Even the celebrities are exerting their great influence
to the common goal of low-carbon lifestyle.
What on earth in low-carbon lifestyle? Low-carbon lifestyles means
lowering the emission of carbon, especially carbon dioxide, by reducing
the energy we use in our daily life. For common people like us, this is an
attitude rather than a capacity. Low-carbon lifestyle calls for the active
participation of all the people in the process of saving electricity and gas,
as well as recycling the useful materials.
As college students, we should contribute to the revolution of
low-carbon lifestyle by all means. Firstly, we should avoid using
disposable products to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide. Secondly,
taking public transport rather than driving is another effective way. Last
but not least, both we and the earth will benefit enormously if we eat green
food instead of junk food.
Killing Time Indoors
Nowadays a growing number of people, especially the 20s or
30s, tend to stay indoors for most of their spare time, especially on holiday. Some spend the majority of the time online chatting, blogging, shopping, dating or playing computer games. Some sit with their eyes glued to the television screen, day and night.
People’s opinions vary when it comes to this way of killing time.
A great number of people maintain that staying indoors is cheap,
comfortable, and most importantly, very safe. Others, however, frown upon staying indoors for too long. They are worried that lack of physical exercise and face-to-face communication with others will do
harm to people’s body and mind.
Personally, I don’t think staying indoors for most of the day
should be advocated. Instead, people in all ages, their physical conditions permitting, should be encouraged to spend more time outdoors. The brilliant sunshine, the pleasant green space, the interactions with other people, etc. are all good for people’s health,
both physical and psychologically.
How to Enhance Etiquette Education
Etiquette education, which plays an important role in moral
education, has caught more and more people’s attention. Because it
is an integral part of quality-oriented education and contributes to
the construction of a harmonious society.
However, due to the lack of etiquette education in schools
and families as well as the bad influence of the social environment,
many college students have little knowledge of etiquette, thus it is
quite common to see their bad behaviors. For example, they have
no respect for their professors and the old, they talk to each other
loudly in the library and don’t care about what they should wear in
Regarding the seriousness of this phenomenon, I think we
should take the following measures to arouse university students’
etiquette awareness. First, parents should set a good example for their children at home. Second, colleges should pay attention to students’ etiquette education and open some courses relating to etiquette, and they ought to try their best to create a good campus environment at the same time.