Current affairs

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 June, 2009, 12:00am

Many people do not care about current issues. They prefer to spend their time on something more entertaining.

They want to know who lives in a 'pineapple under the sea' rather than who lives in 10 Downing Street. Others think they have far more important matters to attend to.

They think it's not practical to keep up to date with what's happening around the world. But they are wrong. Global events could significantly affect our lives, and most of them spring from 'small' news items which we ignore.

For example, the first signs of the global financial crisis appeared about two years ago. It's just that people didn't bother to think about the possible consequences.

We have to rethink the way we look at current affairs. If we continue to ignore them, we will pay a heavy price.

Yau Chun-hei, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Chun-hei. Students spend their days absorbing information, so they can be forgiven for wanting to take a rest from that sort of activity. Others might feel that events move so fast it is difficult to keep pace, or, as you suggest, it doesn't affect them.

Only when it is too late do we seem to take notice. Only when our skies are dark and it's hard to breathe do we begin to wonder why there is so much pollution. Only when our food prices increase do we seem to notice the millions of starving people.

That is why getting into the habit of reading newspapers is so important. The youth of today are the decision makers of tomorrow. They need to be well informed to make the best decisions.

Susan, Editor