PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 March, 2010, 12:00am

Tomorrow, the future of today

What we do now directly affects our tomorrow. For example, last year's financial crisis was the result of our previous behaviour.

There was a chain reaction. People borrowed more than they could pay back. The banks couldn't get their money back, and the government had to rescue them.

From these events, we know there is a relationship between today and tomorrow.

Also, we should be able to recognise the importance of the decisions we make now. However, in our daily life, we find that some people make decisions quickly, without thinking twice. That is not the way to get the job done successfully.

Li Ka-shing is successful because every decision he makes is carefully thought through. Since we know that what we do today is so important, we should not do things haphazardly. We should always review the past, and plan for the future.

Also, avoid saying 'I'll do it tomorrow'. This is just an excuse. There is a Spanish proverb that says 'tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week'. 'Do it tomorrow' actually means that you won't do it.

If you delay getting a job done, what happens if the next day, there is a pile of work waiting for you? Have a schedule and force yourself to finish all your tasks on time.

If we could learn these lessons, we would avoid many of our current problems, such as climate change. If we keep on making wrong decisions, 'tomorrow' will be dreadful and the victims will be us. We need to think about every decision we make thoroughly before we implement it in order to have a brighter future.

Jacky Ma Siu-cheung, SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

Universal suffrage won't fix everything

Many lawmakers are fighting for universal suffrage. However, the government has yet to set a timetable for it, and this has led to protests both inside and outside the Legislative Council. Many people may think democracy is good for Hong Kong.

But I prefer elections through an election committee.

With universal suffrage, the public will be more willing to support government policies because the chief executive is elected by the people. This could lead to a greater sense of belonging to our motherland.

However, do people really think lawmakers will stop their protests once full democracy is implemented?

Do you think the popularity of the chief executive will increase?

The reason people are unhappy with the government is not simply because of who the chief executive is. Even if US President Barack Obama were in charge of Hong Kong, people would still complain.

It's popular to criticise policies, no matter how sensible they may be.

The best way to increase the popularity of the government is for it to work hard and direct its energy towards the issues that concern the citizens the most.

It should also try to communicate more with the people to show that it cares about them.

Edelweiss Tuet Tsz-ching, Our Lady of the Rosary College

Ban on eating dog makes sense

The mainland included a ban on eating dogs or cats in a new draft of an anti-cruelty law. Yet, a month later, restaurants in the Pearl River Delta were still serving dog-meat dishes.

Guangdong people are also known for their taste for wildlife. Some mainlanders may feel that eating dog meat is part of their intangible cultural heritage. Some may argue that it is no more cruel than eating pork or beef. They may say the anti-cruelty law itself is cruel and unfair.

The main point about eating dog meat is that people treat the animals as pets and they live with them. But few would treat a cow or a pig as a pet, so people can accept the idea of eating beef or pork.

Wendy Wan Man-wai, SKH Li Fook Hing Secondary School