1. Which one do you prefer：
1) a company offering you a job with challenging and interesting project but less vacation days
2) another company offering you a job that is not so challenging and interesting but more vacation days.
When choosing a job, people may need to decide whether they will find meaning through their work or meaning from outside their work. Many people have interesting and challenging jobs that are meaningful for them; however, I prefer a job that is not so challenging and interesting but has more vacation days.
First, I would choose the job with more vacation days because I want to have a meaningful life outside of work. Time away from work would not only give me the chance to have more time, but it would provide me the chance to have quality time. For example, one of the most meaningful parts of my life is time with family. I want to be a significant part of my family-members’ lives, and if I spend all my time at work, I cannot spend the time I want with them. If I have more vacation-time, I can visit a family-member that lives far away from me. I could go to them, as opposed to requiring that they come to me. This is essential for family members who live long distances away and have obligations, like pets and children, which prevent them from travelling for long durations. Going to them gives me the opportunity to provide more help and value, as I can be places they cannot be and do things that they cannot do because of their time and location restraints.
Another reason that I would prefer the job with more vacation days is I enjoy activities that do not give me money for my time. Most of the things I like to do cannot be monetized, and having more time away from work allows me pursue those things. For instance, I enjoy playing guitar and writing songs, but I have no interest in becoming a professional musician. I enjoy the process of playing and creating music for its own sake. Having vacation days would give me more time to practice and write. I prefer to do this in solitary silence, relaxed and free from worry. If I had to spend every day at work, pouring my energies and efforts into interesting and challenging projects, I would have less energy and time to play.
To sum up, I would prefer to take the job that is less challenging and interesting but has more vacation days. Personally, I find meaning in life from activities that have nothing to do with work, like spending time with family. Finally, I love to engage in activities that either cannot be monetized or activities that I have no interest in monetizing.
2. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Student don't respect teachers as much as they did in the past.
The respect the younger generation shows for their elders is something that shifts across cultures. But despite this disparity, there are universal traits shared around the world concerning specific relationships. Perhaps the most key of these, aside from the parent-child relationship, is that between teacher and student.
One often hears of—be it from parents, grandparents, old TV dramas, or history class—particularly strict past methods of approaching classroom punishment, ranging from shaming in front of classmates to beating with rulers or canes. One can assume that most children were terrified of the repercussions of behaving inappropriately, including being disrespectful to their teacher. Seeing as many countries now forbid corporal punishment, and often discourage methods that may damage a child further in favor of more constructive techniques, surely this suggests that the consequences now are not as serious as before? This is turn would suggest that children have less to be afraid of, and therefore would be more likely to misbehave in class, perhaps by being less respectful to the teacher than their parents or grandparents would have been.
There is also a wider trend in society of a loosening of age-based social hierarchies. As humans continue to modernize, with mobility increasingly accessible, and travel and communication making relationships sustainable over longer and longer distances, we move away from communities based on extended family being in close physical contact. As the economy diversifies, children no longer need to follow the same career path as their parents and grandparents before them. As varied sources of knowledge become more accessible, with a key one being the internet, children need not rely on those above them in the community’s social hierarchy to impart knowledge. These factors combine to mean that children no longer need to rely so much on their elders for their journey through life, and with a lack of dependence one could also understand why there would be less impetus for showing respect by default.
When one considers the changes that have occurred to the classroom, which most of us would likely consider to be positive, and the context of a changing world that they are set within, it is easy to infer from this a decrease in the respect showed to teachers by students, regardless of whether one considers this to be a positive or negative change. We can use this reasoning to support the “Back in my day…” claims that our parents are often so keen to use to keep us in line, or simply to complain about the current generation.