2017-12-11 11:08:34 编辑：环球教育 浏览：(1185次)
1.Do you agree that people will feel happier if they have fewer possessions?
Money-worshiping is often condemned and frowned upon. Some people even attribute all the dissatisfaction in our life to the pursuit of personal possessions. They believe that with fewer possessions, people would live a much happier life. However, real life abounds with examples where people do not feel happier or enjoy more emotional well-being when they have fewer personal possessions.
People who are extremely poor will certainly feel unhappy if they are deprived of part of their possessions. These people can barely survive with their current properties and belongings, so if they lose any, they can hardly sustain their own lives. The Syrian refugees can be a typical example. These refugees, when abandoning their home, took little with them. What they have taken with them are normally personal belongings and passports.Should they lose any of them, their life for the following days would be miserable. They might starve if they cannot get food, or they might be denied entrance to the refugee camp if they cannot prove their identity. They would be far from happy when they lose some of their personal belongings.
Similarly, common people will also feel unhappy, if not uneasy when they find their property shrink. Common people, including theworking class and the middle class, may seem to lead a comfortable life with a stable income. However, their seemingly comfortable life is often one step away from bankruptcy if the stock market experiences a downturn, or if a family member is diagnosed with a deadly disease. For example, the plunge in the stockmarket in China last year has caused a decrease in property for millions of stockholders. Many suffered from constant anxiety, others from insomnia. Never can we find any claiming to be happy or satisfactory with a shrunk property. Also, countless times have we read news about medical treatment consuming allthe deposits of an average family, leaving them depressed and miserable.
The only exception is probably the billionaires, who are most likely to remain unaffected when facing a reduction in property. The reason is that these people have various assets and businesses, so if one slumps, there are always others on the rise. Their personal possessions are embodied in figures on the bank account, which, if dwindles, tends to creep back some days later. In the meantime, they might even fail to notice the difference. For example, after having donated more than 30 billion dollars tocharity, Bill Gates remains the richest person in the world for 18 years in arow. Of course he claims to be happy since his donation helps to improve the life of those in need. However, others, whose possessions reduce only because of financial fluctuation, simply do not care too much.
In conclusion, only those with real assets and business may remain untouched by a shrink in possessions, others, includingthe average people and the underprivileged, will feel less happy about the lossof possessions.
2.Some students prefer to have their final grades determined by numerous small assignments, whereas others prefer to have their final grades determined by only a few large assignments. Which do you prefer and why?
I prefer to have my final grade determined by numerous small assignments rather than one or two large assignments. That way, procrastination is less likely because I’m sharply focused on the frequent due dates. I also tend to learn more throughout the semester and each assignment is less stressful because they aren’t worth a huge percentage of my total grade.
Procrastination can be a big problem for some students, myself included. When there are only a few large assignments in a class, there can be several weeks in a row where we aren’t required to turn in any work. The assumption is that we are studying or writing at home in the meantime. However, I know that this can sometimes lead to procrastination on my part. I take advantage of the situation and think I can take a few days to relax before getting to work. But more and more time goes by and suddenly I am scrambling to complete the assignment before the due date. Turning in smaller assignments more frequently prevents this scenario. The structure doesn’t allow me to fall behind because something is always due in the near future.
These frequent assignments also assure that we students are learning more throughout the semester. For example, if each small assignment covers one chapter from the textbook, then my classmates and I will read each assigned chapter because we must. A test or new assignment is always around the corner to check our work. But such specific studying isn’t really necessary if we don’t even turn anything in until midway through the semester. Certain chapters might get skimmed or even skipped out of perceived unimportance. Maybe we save time, but we are receiving less information overall, which isn’t good.
Finally, having only a few large assignments can be tremendously stressful. I’m always well aware that doing poorly on an essay could result in me failing the entire class if the essay is worth a large percentage of my overall grade. This can have a nearly paralyzing effect on my work because the pressure is just too much. Nothing I do seems good enough when the assignment is that important. Having several smaller assignments is much more pleasant because I know it isn’t the end of the world if something goes wrong with one of them. My grade won’t be affected too terribly. I’m then more confident and at ease in my work.
That is why I much prefer having my grade determined by several small assignments instead of a few large assignments. I’m not allowedt o procrastinate, I engage more with the subject matter over the course of the semester, and I’m not overwhelmed with stress because of massive important assignments.