English version below.
由学生ENG19113写于2020年6月7日。由Anthony Eric Antonios Papadimitriou编辑。
该演讲是在公开演讲课程的考试中介绍的，该考试由大学高级教师和专业培训师Anthony Eric先生（Antonios Papadimitriou）主持。
Written 7 June 2020 by student ENG19113. Edited by Anthony Eric Antonios Papadimitriou.
Take part in this integrity speech which was created by a high performing student at Xiamen university TKK college; I added my view on the topic of integrity and I hope you can share this with everyone you think needs a moral and integrity boost.
This speech was presented on the exam on the course of public speaking which is managed by senior university teacher and professional trainer Mr. Anthony Eric (Antonios Papadimitriou).
The world is truly running out of integrity and morale, with the result that people don’t trust each other as much as before. And when there is insufficient trust, it’s hard to do business and create genuine and helpful friendships.
So let’s start by defining the meaning of integrity. I think everyone should be familiar with this word, and by having lived and worked in 7 nations, and by having met thousands of people since my birth 4 decades ago, I can tell you the world is getting darker concerning morale and integrity. It seems people are competing for the world championship in cheating, lying, and stealing.
A high level of integrity was part and parcel of the social fabric in many parts of the world. There is a famous saying in China that goes: “no one can stand without trust”, and while the ancient Chinese promoted respect, consideration, helpfulness, and to treat guests and foreigners well, and to show dignity, today’s world seems to commit suicide concerning these attributes.
Firstly, let me tell you a story that happened in ancient China. When the Qin Kingdom was established, it wanted to implement a new law to calm people’s hearts. Thus, the prime minister, Shang Yang, stood at the south gate of the metropolis and recruited people who could move the wood to the north gate, and in return get ten pieces of gold. People were surprised by this practice and did not dare to move this piece of wood. Then, Shang Yang changed his method and rewarded fifty dollars to those who could move the piece of wood. A bold man finally carried the piece of wood. Shang Yang immediately gave him fifty pieces of gold to show that we should walk the talk; do what we promise. This practice of standing up for trust finally convinced the common people that the new law was credible, thus enabling the smooth implementation of the new law.
Secondly, integrity in today’s society is also very important to us. It is true that most of us highly value honesty. However, nowadays we often confront confidence crises such as cheating, overcharging, the purchase of fake commodities being a few examples. I think that we should be honest because being honest is not only beneficial to ourselves but also to others and the whole society. The reasons can be listed as follows: only honest people can be truly respected by mankind and honest people can make more genuine and quality friends over a long period of time.
Thirdly, honesty, which is a traditional virtue of the Chinese people, can make our life easier and more harmonious. For example, consumers will not be afraid of being overcharged if dealers are honest, and thus dealers can win more customers. Honesty can make our society more stable. One example is Singapore; it’s a society built on trustworthiness and integrity, and it has a low crime rate compared with many other countries. Singapore is clean, and well-developed and respected by the business community worldwide. Putting your money in Singapore allows for a comfortable sleep; that is not the case in many other nations in the 21st century.
It goes without saying that being honest is of great benefit to both the community and individuals. There is no doubt that we should foster a spirit of honesty.