1. Doing which activity do you think can help you to strengthen the friendship between you and your friend?
(1) having a good time together with your friend
(2) solving your friend's problem with him or her
A friends is always easy to lose than to make and the maintaining of friendship requires one’s efforts. Sharing both his happiness and pain is necessary. Comparing sharing a good time with my friend and trying to offer help when he is in trouble, I believe the latter one is more vital for a long-lasting friendship.
Basically, during problems solving, one’s qualities and personalities can be exposed more clearly and thoroughly. The confirmation of such information of a friend is the prerequisite to last the relationship. Whether a friend is willing to give a hand is the very first consideration. If he stand by sincerely, then he is a loyal friend. But if he stops at the first step, the he can be the so-called friends. Then when he tries to offer help, whether his advice can catch the point would also influence one’s evaluation on friendship. If so, the friend can be considered intelligent and reliable and naturally, the friendship will be remained with great care. But if not so, when I encounter some problems next time, I may feel reluctant to turn to him. So it is during this process that we can find the shinning qualities of a TRUE friend and maintain the friendship. However, if we just idling some happy time with friends, like hanging out, watching a moving or having fun at parties, it is unlikely that we can know his real qualities and appreciate them. Not to mention that a true friend can be made and a loyal friendship can be lasted.
Furthermore, the trust built during the process of solving problems together is unavailable from just enjoying a happy time. It is commonly acknowledged that mutual trust is an indispensable ingredient for a firm relationship, and friendship is no exception. As is mentioned above, by the behaviour of help and consolation, we can judge if the friend is a trustworthy one. After this verification, we tend to believe in him more and support him more when he falls into troubles. In this way, a virtuous circle can be formed and the friendship can be lasted. By contrast, if we just kill happy time together, and no profound conversation is proceeded, the friendship is just like a tree without roots.
Admittedly, enjoying happy time together from now and then is also helpful for maintaining friendship. As there are not always troubles that require suggestions or support from each other, if problems solving is the main reason we keep in touch, then rarely will we be in contact. To make it up, sharing a relaxing time together with no concern occasionally can be a good trick.
In conclusion, although sharing happy time together can provide more opportunities to remain friendship, supporting and consoling a friend when he is in need play a more profound role to remain and even reinforce the friendship owing to the virtuous qualities confirmation and mutual trust construction.
2. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Government is not doing enough work to educate people the importance of nutrition and healthy eating.
An individual’s dietary choice and dining timetable matter to the person’s physical wellness and general well being. As the choice is made, it may be made by the individual alone or under the government’s guidance. In most cases, the choice is personal and probably irresponsible, and the authority does not intervene adequately.
For starters, there are two reasons that may be no-brainers. First, few public service ads about healthful eating are seen. For example, seldom do people find enough ads that promote healthy eating, when they walk in the streets, turn on the TV or unfold a newspaper. Instead, they are bombarded with countless commercials of junk food, such as chips, biscuits, and instant noodles. Second, the subject that teach humans’ nutritional need is absent in the public schools’ curriculum. Since the curriculum is designed by the government, the absence should be attributed to the government’s negligence.
There is another reason that may be controversial. Our government fails to legally inform our fellow citizens of the need for proper eating. The reality is that most countries do not have laws that tell the citizens to eat properly. However, just as smoking can be outlawed, having a nutritious and balanced diet can be legally required. Some would oppose this idea for the reason that the law would be a nanny-state legislation that interferes with people’s lifestyle choice. Nevertheless, when citizens are unconscious of their unhealthy diet or knowingly irresponsible in eating, why do we question the legitimacy of the administration’s intent to prohibit of a lifestyle that incurs medical bills that are too massive to be redeemed ?
In conclusion, government is not doing its job adequately in educating people the importance of nutrition and healthful eating. It would be enough, if government did enough publicity about healthy eating, incorporated the knowledge about nutrition into the school curriculum, or mandated a healthy diet.