Mon, May 17, 2010 - Page 8 News List

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Moral compass lost

Many people were appalled when it was found that some vocational high school students at San-sin High School have been working as sex workers for the purpose of buying drugs, as was reported by CNA on May 5.

Another story, covered by NOW news on May 6, reported the story of a robber who was a former student at the elite Jianguo High School.

It is alleged that he committed his crimes so he could buy drugs.

These two cases involving young people prompt us to ask what’s wrong with our education system.

The public may also be wondering why some young people are becoming addicted to drugs and why these kids have gotten lost in modern society.

Part of the answer might be because they fail to find the core values in life.

The famous Irish poet and dramatist William Butler Yeats once wrote, “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold.”

This can shed some light on how and why these young people are lost in the world of sensual pleasure.

In striking contrast with those young kids is Chen Shu-chu (陳樹菊), who made Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people (“Vendor wants normal life,” May 8, page 3).

Chen donates what she has to those who are in need.

When she was in San Francisco, she said, “I will continue to be myself and I am pleased to learn that some people have been inspired by me and have started doing charity work as well.”

She is a role model to us in the modern Taiwanese society.

Unlike Chen, some of our young kids do not know who they are, nor can they identify where they want to go.

That is why they cannot find goals and meaning in their lives.

This means we have to ponder the matter through diverse education.

How can we tackle this difficult problem?

The teaching of ethics and morals may help young children to build up positive value judgments.

By doing charity work, as Chen does, youngsters would be able to find greater fulfillment in their lives.

Youths will thus be able to realize what true happiness is through the process of community service and charitable work.

By caring for people they might become more aware of what they have and learn to cherish it.

Ultimately, they will learn that taking drugs won’t bring them happiness, but only enduring pain.

William Wordsworth wrote in his famous poem The Rainbow, “The child is father of the man.”

We should safeguard our young generations and lead them to a bright future through appropriate behavior provided by formal education, parents and the whole of society.

Indeed, it takes a village to educate a child.

And nobody should be left behind.

IRENE WANG

Taipei

Taiwanese film at its best

In a recent film review (“Hidden in plain sight,” May 7, page 16), the Taipei Times gave a thumbs-up to Pinoy Sunday, a GIO-backed movie by Chinese-Malaysian director Ho Wi-Ding (何蔚庭), who has spent the past nine years working as a film and video producer in Taipei.

In my opinion, the movie is so good and so universal that it deserves an Oscar someday for Best Foreign Film — it’s that brilliant.

Although it’s set in Taiwan, it’s not only about Taiwan. It’s about life all around us, no matter what country we are from or live in.

The movie is a funny, yet tender, comedy about the trials and tribulations of a pair of happy-go-lucky Filipino foreign laborers working in a factory in Taiwan. These two men represent Third World workers who make iPads, iPods and iPhones in factories scattered across this nation for the consumer-­product hungry Western world.

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