Middle School Student Expresses Admiration for Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in High School Entrance Exam

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A middle school student wrote the following statement in his composition for the high school entrance exam. In mainland China, the high school entrance exam is an unified exam which is held annually. The exam is only inferior to the college entrance examination and very important. Attending and doing well at a good high school is a key part to getting into a good university. As a child, he dared to speak out his opinion against the corrupt authorities at the important moment that might decide his destiny. His courage is extraordinary.

There Are Such People Around Me

China is among the four countries with ancient civilisations. Let's talk about people's morals and behaviour first. In ancient times, people held in esteem treating others the way you would like to be treated. Later, the Spirit of Lei Feng (December 18th, 1940 - August 15th, 1962, a soldier of the People's Liberation Army of the PRC. He was characterised by propaganda as a selfless and modest figure after his death and consequently was an idol to many) is praised. In modern times, people believe that it is every man for himself, and the devil takes the hindmost. Let's think that over carefully. Has humanity's moral standard improved or retrogressed?

People are unwilling to acknowledge the degeneration of human beings; they instead focus on the surface issue. They think science is so advanced, and living conditions are enhancing. Nonetheless, have they deeply evaluated their own thoughts? Do they realise that we are facing a series of environmental problems initiated by "the greenhouse effect" which has been brought about by science?

In modern China, officials collude with businessmen; politicians and bandits integrate into one body; people do things wilfully and selfishly; science brings about negative influences; morals degenerate rapidly. Do we really think that such a society is good? Actually, in comparison, spiritual civilisation is more important, and it is the most precious possession of a state.

Fortunately, there are people around me that believe in Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. The three simple Chinese characters, whether understood from a literal sense or from a moral point of view, must be respected by anyone who is true to their conscience. Is it not good to speak the truth? Is it not good to be compassionate? Is it not good to be forbearing? The three characters teach people to be kindhearted in society, the workplace, school, and in the family. Since they are governed by Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, they would look inwards to find their shortcomings when met with obstacles. I believe their existence has many advantages and no drawbacks for our society.

To be trustworthy, one must speak the truth. Only with compassion and sincerity can one truly forbear other people's shortcomings. The value of forbearance does not need to be explained. If no one is tolerant, how can our state develop? If the people have no faith in their rulers, there is no loyalty to the state. If the people have no virtues, they will have no gains. From them, I learnt and deeply realised the harmony and difference of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance which is humanity's spiritual prop and valuable possession.

We cannot blindly follow the guidance of public opinion, and we must distinguish between truth and falsehoods, good and harmful, with our own minds. We not only need to learn the spirit of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance from them, but what's more, learn to be as harmonious as they are.

I am so lucky. There are so many such people around me. How about you?

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