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Money is a bad measurement(中考阅读)  

2015-06-18 16:10:58|  分类: 中考阅读 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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        A Greek(希腊的) philosopher name Protagorus(普罗泰戈拉)(490-420B.C.) said that “Man is the measure of all things” by which he meant that the universe had no moral rules and so, individuals were free to do pretty much what they wanted. In other words, it’s OK to be selfish.
  Today, selfishness is very common and, with prosperity, we are developing a new philosophy—money is the measure of all things. Increasingly, people are being judged by what they own, and not by their good qualities as individuals. This is certainly true in China.
  According to a poll taken in2013, China is the most materialistic country in the world. Seventy-one percent of Chinese said they measured success by the things they owned (cars, homes, jewelry, designer clothes) compared with just 21 percent in America, 20 percent in Canada and 16 percent in Britain.
  This worship of materialism has even crept into schools where some kids like to show off their Apple Watches, iPhone 6s and expensive running shoes. Some poorer students now feel intimidated by their richer classmates and embarrassed by their lower status. In some cases this has affected their performance in school.
  But having rich parents doesn’t automatically bring good grades and having poor parents doesn’t automatically bring bad grades. It is hard work that is the key to success, not the cost of your running shoes. And hard work is what develops good character—that, not money, should be the true measure of all things.
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