Integrity & morale in decline? A Chinese and Western point of view.

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由学生ENG19113写于2020年6月7日。由Anthony Eric Antonios Papadimitriou编辑。

参加由厦门大学嘉庚学院的一名优秀学生创作的诚信演讲;我添加了关于正直性话题的观点,希望您可以与所有认为需要提高道德和正直性的人分享这一观点。

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。

这个世界确实已经耗尽了正直和士气,结果人们之间的信任程度不如以前。当信任不足时,很难开展业务并建立真诚而有益的友谊。

因此,让我们从定义完整性的含义开始。我想每个人都应该熟悉这个词,在七个国家生活和工作过,并且自从四十年前出生以来已经结识了成千上万的人的我可以告诉你,世界在正直和诚信方面正在变得更加黑暗。似乎人们在作弊,撒谎和偷窃方面都在争夺世界冠军。

高度诚信是世界许多地方的社会组成部分。在中国有一句名言:“人无信不立”,而古代中国人提倡尊重,考虑,帮助,善待和尊重人们,并表现出尊重,但当今世界似乎在自杀这些属性。

首先,让我告诉您一个发生在中国古代的故事。秦国成立时,它想颁布一项新法律来稳固民心。因此,总理商鞅站在首都的南大门,招募可以将木料移到北大门的人,作为回报,他们得到了十块黄金。人们对这种做法感到惊讶,不敢搬动这块木头。然后,商鞅改变了奖励政策,决定奖励五十块黄金给那些可以移动这块木头的人。一个大胆的男人终于扛起了那块木头。商鞅立即给了他五十块金,表明我们应该继续下去。做到我们的承诺。这种坚持信任的做法最终说服了老百姓认为新法律是可信的,因此新的法律顺利实施。

其次,当今社会的诚信对我们也很重要。的确,我们大多数人都非常重视诚实。但是,如今,我们经常会面临信任危机,例如作弊,滥收费用,购买假冒商品等。我认为我们应该诚实,因为诚实不仅有益于自己,也有益于他人和整个社会。原因可以列举如下:只有诚实的人才能真正受到人类的尊重,诚实的人才能在很长一段时间内结识更多真诚和优质的朋友。

第三,诚实是中国人民的传统美德,可以使我们的生活更轻松,更和谐。例如,如果经销商诚实,消费者将不会担心被多收费,因此经销商可以赢得更多的顾客。诚实可以使我们的社会更加稳定。新加坡就是一个例子。这是一个建立在诚信和正直上的社会,与其他许多国家相比,犯罪率很低。新加坡干净,发达,并受到全世界工商界的尊重。把钱放在新加坡可以使睡眠更舒适;在21世纪的许多其他国家中,情况并非如此。 。

毋庸置疑,诚实对社区和个人都大有裨益。毫无疑问,我们应该树立诚实的精神。

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. 

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