Global village and me
Ladies and Gentlemen:
My topic is global village and me. Today I’m very happy to be here to share with you some of my thoughts. And first of all, I’d like to mention a famous English poet written by Rudyard Kipling”we and they “:
“All the people like us are we
And everyone else is they
We live over the sea
While they live over the way
We eat pork and beef with cow horn-handled knives
They who gobble their rice of a leaf
Are horrified out of their lives”
When these lines first caught my eyes, I was shocked. How could two peoples remain so isolated and ignorant of each other in the past? Today’s society, of course, is totally different. Time has ceased; Space has vanished, we now live in a global village. Those people who used to eat with cow horn-handled knives might be very skillful in using chopsticks, and those people who used to gobble their rice might be as well have taken to fish and chips.
Indeed, our modern life has been influenced by western style of living in so many ways that it’s no longer surprising to see teenagers going crazy about Hip-hop, whole families dining out at McDonald’s. What’s more, how many college graduates are ready to compete aggressively for every job opportunity, whereas not long ago they were asked just to sit idle and wait for whatever was to be assigned to them by the government?
Now we live in a global village when the global integration of economy and the information revolution have brought cultures of the world closer than ever before. We live in a particular era when countries, east and west, find themselves in need of readjusting their traditional values. However, when china accelerates its pace of opening up to the whole world; many people are also losing themselves in the ocean of western cultures.
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