1. These days, people in many cities know little about their neighbours and do not have a sense of community. What do you think are the causes and what solutions can you suggest?
While deeper and deeper urbanization has driven and attracted millions of farmland or small city residents to step into the fantastic metropolis. On the other hand, citizens from various origins tend to be more alienated from people living nearby, in which there is certain some inevitability. Experts advocate that this embarrassing situation should be bettered.
In plain sight, there are considerably more inhabitants in a community compared with decades ago, which makes it much harder for a person to know everyone else there. The more strangers people are surrounded by, the less safety they may possess in their neighbourhood. In this way, it tends to be more difficult for people to open their heart to others. After all, as an ordinary person, we can scarcely identify a would-be criminal in the masses.
However, more essentially, from my perspective, it is the hustle and bustle life we live in and the rapidly advanced technological innovations that should be to blame for the estrangement among neighbours. It is rather common for employers, employees, students or any category of people to work very late. Many of them even do not have much spare time to have a rest and not to mention to get acquainted with those dwelling nearby. Simultaneously, cutting-edged technologies, the various functions derived from the internet have provided public an incalculable number of ways of entertainment and communication allowing people to enjoy a colourful life by just sitting at home.
Although we cannot hinder the fast-moving trend of transformation, there are still enormous measures that we can take to promote our living environment. Government and local community are permitted to register and check the crime record of everyone in the neighbour to ensure a safer living surroundings. Besides, local community can organize more activities in their community to encourage their dwellers to know more about their neighbours. Also, community members are suggested to step out their cut-off apartments and make more new friends. As every party in the society makes an attempt, we can live in securer and warmer circumstances.
2. Some countries achieve international success, building specialized sports facilities for top athletes to train instead of providing sports facilities that everyone can use. Positive or negative?
It is true that some governments tend to build more professional training centres for sports players rather than providing general public with sports facilities. From my point of view, I tend to perceive that as a positive development, although the opposite side needs to be closely considered.
Elite sports players are more likely to honour their countries with the help of these training centres. Different kinds of equipment and devices are used for monitoring the health status of athletes, such as muscle strength, blood pressure and diets. Trainers can change the training sessions in terms of criteria by doing this. Our players are more likely to maintain their performance in the field. As a result, it is highly possible for them to win medals from the competition and improves their national publicity. Additionally, younger generations may be inspired by this and devote themselves into the sports industry. Therefore, a country’s sports industry would boom significantly.
On the other hand, funding the professional training arenas only could pose an adverse impact on the general public. People may have less assigned areas for doing sports, particularly for those who come from less well-off families or those who do not tend to join the gym. This means they have to use very few and old public facilities that could not cater the needs of all . They may be less likely to participate in sports regularly for this reason. Consequently, the shortage of physical exercise would be likely to result in health issues, for example, sedentary lifestyle.
In conclusion, I believe that funding of the sports industry is crucial to the development of one country, even though the well-being of citizens could be damaged.
3. Some people believe the best way to produce a better society is to ensure there is only a small difference between the earnings of the richest and the poorest. To what extend do you agree or disagree?
The high degrees of job satisfaction, higher income and physical performance constitute the major part of happier society. When it comes to the narrowing the gap between the poorest and the richest as the best contributor to the happier society, it can hardly reach the consensus because whether or not being happier does not bear close relevance with the wealth difference.
Admittedly, we always feel unhappy because of the restriction of financial limit or sometimes fail to achieve full happiness as we are comparably less wealthy than those in the privileged and rich class. Gini Coefficient can be an extremely valuable indicator of the social stability and social wealth distribution. However, it is indeed hard to conclude the “degree of happiness” as we always see the hardships and harassment on their long face.
The in-depth observation about the “happy society” reveals a radically different picture. The narrowing of social wealth gap which means the more even distribution of social wealth makes great sense to the less-privileged people who have access to the social justice and higher social-standing.
Wealth is also the great contributor to the living satisfaction as we can pay for the commodities as well as the dreams in career. But, more importantly, social happiness bear closer relations with the soft indicators in terms of education level, the morality degree to follow the social disciplines, the utilities and caring more about the social justice.
In summary, the issue of social happiness is not a single and isolated, but comprehensive and integrated concept. The best polices lies in the transition from the result-orientated life attitudes to the process-orientated ones. Of course, it is unexpected to see the widening gap between the rich and the poor.