Not everyone is as lucky as we are

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 30 May, 2011, 12:00am


Summer is the longest season in Hong Kong. Often it becomes so hot outside that we need to take shelter from the sun in classrooms. The air conditioning there helps us cool down.

Many other people are not so lucky, however. Walking down the street, you can see construction workers and others working outdoors under the burning sun. You can imagine how much they may be suffering in the heat.

Surely, they, too, would want to be sitting somewhere nice and air-conditioned rather than brave the heat just so as to make a living the hard way.

Yet you often hear students, who are pampered by comparison, complain about classrooms not being cool enough.

I think it is ridiculous for them to grumble about this while many others have no access to any air-conditioning at all. Rather than complain, we should spare a thought for people less fortunate than us.

Lau Wai-kut, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Wai-kut. People who have easy lives are often affected by less important things. In Hong Kong, our standard of living is very high. People have come to expect a certain level of comfort, and when they cannot have it, they feel dissatisfied.

Some say this makes us soft and weak. Instead of complaining, we should take it as an opportunity to face a little hardship and become stronger.

Susan, Editor