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海南大学徐懿春:The farthest distance in the world
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徐懿春:海南大学选手,第17届21世纪杯全国英语演讲比赛三等奖获得者。

自我介绍及评价

我是来自海南大学大二的一名英语专业学生,我热爱英语,同时也对法语,日语兴趣浓厚;我热爱生活和艺术,琵琶,书法,乒乓球都是我的爱好;我热爱学习,可以从不同的人身上学习到不一样的知识;活泼,开朗,乐观,这就是我的写照。

演讲稿:

The farthest distance in the world is not between two distant trees, but between two branches on the same tree that are unable to co-existence, Tagore once lamented in his poem. When I heard the incident about the litter girl Yueyue, I lamented that the most distant people in the world are not those who are separated, but those who have become cold and selfish towards those they co-exist with.

Lying in the center of the street, bleeding, helpless and wracked with pain, little Yueyue seemed to have been abandoned by the whole world. People passing by turned a blind eye to her: one, two, three…eighteen people passed without any intention to rescue her. In the end, she was sent to hospital by a junkwoman but it was too late. This little girl helplessly lost her life.

This incident shocked the whole society. We can’t help asking what’s wrong with us? Where is our sympathy, our affection, our responsibility and our humanity? It would have only taken a few steps to save a life, yet this short distance became insurmountable because of the coldness and indifference in our heart. In a world where we can reach the most remote places, send men to the moon, and find little we cannot conquer, yet there is something we do can not conquer even with the most advanced technology; that is selfishness, coldness and indifference.

Dear friends, in my opinion, the biggest killer in the world is not pollution, nor some dreaded disease, nor nuclear weapons. The biggest problem we face today is rooted in the selfishness, coldness and indifference that estrange us all from one another. The junkwoman who picked up little Yueyue to no avail, has also tried to pick up our conscience and awaken something lying deep in our hearts, something we seem to have forgotten or forsaken in this hustling and bustling world for mere short term gains or limitless selfish desires: that is respect for life and people, and a concern for human beings and other sentient animals as well. This is the key of humanism according to my understanding, and it is the cure for selfishness, coldness and indifference. If we all cherished this universal value, we would hear no more reports of senior citizens in trouble being left in despair and helplessness, there would be no more reports of live bear bile extraction, and no more melamine milk victims. Therefore any decision we make should, and must be, based on reason, empathy and a concern for humanity and nature.

No matter what efforts we make to change the world, or what technologies we use to improve our lives, we must place human welfare and happiness at the centre of our decision making process. Only when we regain our belief in this universal value that man should show respect to man, irrespective of class, race or creed and value what mother nature has bestowed upon us, can we establish a harmonious society in which confrontation will give way to dialogue, cruelty to kindness, indifference to empathy, greed to generosity. I believe with the triumph of humanism, there will be no distance to estranging people or nations and there will be a better future for all mankind.