¡¡¡¡for over a decade, the craze of chinese college graduates taking qualifying examinations to become civil servants has remained unabated. an important proportion of graduates view civil service as their top priority in job selection and they spare no efforts in preparing for those examinations, sometimes years before their graduation.
¡¡¡¡to some extent, this craze is a modern revival of the ancient notion that “those who excel in academics end up in officialdom.” in the present-day china, however, there are complicated reasons underlying this phenomenon. the jobs in sectors other than civil service are insecure and unstable, and employees have to work under greater stress faced with growing competitions in the workplace and the industry. some government departments are related to monopolized industries and civil servants can enjoy unusually high salaries and welfare benefits. finally, government officials are usually regarded as occupying the highest rung of the social hierarchy and a student who succeeds in becoming government official is considered the pride of the family, adding prestige and glory to the entire clan.
¡¡¡¡for all the apparent attractions of the officialdom, the craze of entering the civil service is a distorted one. in the united states, truly ambitious students enter the industry instead of civil departments, where they apply their individual initiative to achieve personal success. it has already been pointed out that, with so many best minds of the nation fighting their way into the civil sectors, the consequences are catastrophic. the civil servants system, with its inherent bureaucracy and rigid rules, would inevitably turn the otherwise energetic and aggressive young people into docile followers of their superiors’ instructions and dutiful but mediocre implementers of executive orders. this will considerably undermine the vitality of a whole generation and the competitiveness of the entire country in the international arena. all forms of craze are accompanied by elements of irrationality and abnormality and, the sooner this craze vanishes, the better.
¡¡¡¡the cartoon aims at informing us of the significance of an optimistic mindset. definitely, no once can deny the importance of it. an optimistic mindset can help us achieve our objectives more smoothly and realize our dreams more rapidly. by being optimistic. we can face challenges and surmount hardships with confidence£¬keep sober and figure out effective measures even in desperate situations. to further illustrate the importance of being optimistic, i would like to take beethoven as a case in point: how could he, a great german music composer who became deaf at his forties, compose so many enduring and classic symphonies without optimism?
¡¡¡¡accordingly, at no time should we overlook the power of optimism. once coming across frustrations and intending to give up, we should remind ourselves that it is optimism that will finally lead us to turn the corner. “the optimistic sees the rose£¬ and the pessimistic sees the thorn.” a philosopher once said.
¡¡¡¡the cartoon aims at informing us of the significance of honesty. definitely£¬no one can deny the importance of it. honesty is conducive to the harmony of human relationships. by being honest, we are more likely to win others’ trust and support, be understood even when we do something wrong and reduce unnecessary doubt when we express ourselves. to further illustrate the importance of honesty£¬ i would like to take george washington as a case in point: how could he, the cheery-tree-chopping boy who never lied to his father, build an image of integrity and win respect and trust from his people ?
¡¡¡¡from my perspective, at no time should we underestimate the power of being honest. when stuck in an embarrassing situation£¬we should remind ourselves that dishonesty and deception can merely win short-term trust£¬but only with honesty can we build an durable and steady relationships. “honesty is the best policy.” a world-renowned philosopher also once said.