演讲人：【中】陈卓钰 【英】沙 鸥
Good morning dear teachers and fellow students. Today our topic is: Looking up to the sky while going by steps.
Hegel once said, "A nation with some people who concern about the sky has hopes; A nation that only concern about the things in the present, won't have their bright future."
90 years ago, a group of students from Peking University carried dreams on exploring China's modern civilization, and finally learned about democracy and science. 90 years later, the spirits of science and democracy came out from the Peking University, to the whole Chinese society. And groups of students are now researching new things under the sky of democracy and science. For 90 years, numerous people with great ideas have made their steps for developing these two spirits, they have seen the future of China, and they have found the unique developing way for China.
In 1986, when Maradona scored the most exciting goal in the history of the World Cup in Mexico, the 68-year-old Mandela was being trapped in a cell on Robben Island. He absolutely could not imagine the celebration after 24 years. At that time, the difference of skin colors in South Africa was just as big as that on soccers, and what he could only do in the carnival season was to look up to the sky through the window in the corner of the wall. And now, Nelson Mandela can finally watch the whole game in South Africa, and the game is just for him. It can be said, without Mandela's up-looking, the 2010 South Africa game would not be in existence.
Thoreau transformed chasing for fame into the fantasy of the sky, and he wrote all his feeling into a book named The Walden Lake. He used his whole life to stick to a pure and peaceful dream. Though he has deep thoughts, only when he looked up to the sky can he compose legendary words in the world, wider people's eyes and thinking, and let the wizard of intelligence be with you.
However, China won't have its hope just in looking up, and South Africa won't give the whole world a feast of soccer with just up-looking and Thoreau's philosophy wouldn't spread up to now either.
If looking up to the sky is a kind of attitude, then going by steps is the action to your dreams.
If looking up to the sky represents looking forward, then going by steps is the way to success.
Shortly after the death of Mr Qian, someone described him as a silent, diligent person. Sure enough, Qian Zhongshu is the symbol of the persons who work pragmatically, and devoted his whole life in science research. He never wasted his time and never fighted for fames. Instead of doing those, he read classics, did researches and wrote essays. He devoted his whole life and left us the Guanzhui Pian for the world. It was hard working that made him a scholar of both Chinese and Foreign technology. Just imagine, without going by steps hard, can Mr Qian pick the fruits from the trees in the literary heaven?
There was a tombstone near the Westminster Abbey, and a famous saying is originally from it, that is, "When I was young, I dreamed of changing the world; when I matured, I found I couldn't, so I would try to change my country. when I was old, I found I couldn't change our country, my last wish was just to change my family, but which was also impossible.When I lay on my deathbed, I suddenly realized: If I had changed myself, and then I might have changed my family; With my family's help and encouragement, I might have done something for the country; Then, who knows? I might even have changed the world."
Dear schoolmates, perhaps you are busy in hard studying, so why don't you just look up to the sky? The person who always does that, can surf freely in the suitable and reasonable space they give themselves. Only having their vision, will they have power to step forward, to have the courage to conquer the world. But an unachieved dream will finally remain a dream, so we need to use our hands to make the dreams shine. Down to everyday's homework, even a little question, a small quiz, gradually explore your suitable learning style, going step by step, to build a base for further studying. As time goes by, the distance between your now position and your dream will be shorter, and that way you can get out of your adverse situation, and collect power for your next aim.
We need to find our dreams with a heart as a child’s, and the most important thing is that, we need mature and the spirit of keeping moving, to study on the road of our lives. Let’s go together for the blue sky, no matter how difficult it will be, just going step by step, to make our dreams come true.
That’s all for our speech, thank you.
All the students from Class 14 Senior 2, Dec.27th,2010