PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 January, 2009, 12:00am

Shouting shows a lack of respect

Recently, in the Legislative Council, League of Social Democrats legislators Leung Kwok-hung and Albert Chan shouted their objections and yelled at the Chief Executive, prompting two adjournments.

I agree that by allowing different opinions and suggestions, the government can set policies that suit people more. But when people are expressing their views, they still need to control their emotions and show basic respect.

Even primary school students know what it means to be polite. It is difficult to understand how grown-ups could be involved in a farce like this.

I believe if they had adopted a better attitude, the meeting would have gone more smoothly. Time would not have been wasted because of the adjournments, and instead, it could have been spent on a more in-depth discussion of the topic. This would have helped to form better policies.

Celia Chan, SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School

Learn to manage and be managed

As I was reading through the subjects offered in a first-year business degree, I came across 'management'.

As I thought about it, I agreed learning to manage myself and others is necessary, but I also found myself wondering whether I needed to learn to be managed. Call it 'passive management'.

Most people would probably say, no, but I think it is something we do need.

We started to learn when we were babies, and our first managers were our parents. They took care of us until we knew how to manage ourselves.

But learning does not stop when we leave home.

We need to learn to be managed in the workplace and in our relationships.

If we cannot do this, we will be unable to live in society.

I think being managed is equally important as managing.

Chan Tsun

In troubled times, we need trust

The financial breakdown has caused a lot of distress in Hong Kong. It has made people anxious and stressed, and it is also creating distrust.

When, for example, we begin to distrust banks, we are distrusting something essential in our lives.

This distrust starts to affect everything. We distrust our future and we begin to view everyone around us with suspicion.

What we need in these troubled times is to believe, to build up trust again.

There is more to life than the Hang Seng Index or mini bonds, and we need to treasure what is really important. To regain the trust that is slipping away, we need to be patient and learn to respect each other. Rather than criticise each other, we need to be excusing each other's mistakes and looking at ways to solve problems. We need to find ways to boost morale.

We are living in unpredictable times. We need trust to remember the wisdom of the popular saying 'Every cloud has a silver lining'.

Lau Po-Yu, Chinese Foundation Secondary School