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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 November, 2011, 12:00am
 

Who's to blame for uncaring society?

The story about the girl in Foshan who died after being run over twice by cars has raised public concern.

Almost everyone is blaming the 18 passers-by who didn't stop and help the child. But we need to think about why these people did not want to help the victim.

I believe the mainland's flawed legal system is the major reason for their cold-heartedness.

The Peng Yu case is a good example. Peng was a warm-hearted citizen who tried to help an elderly woman who had fallen, but the woman sued her saviour. And in court, she accused Peng of pushing her. The woman won, and Peng had to pay a big fine.

Many Chinese say they have learned a lesson from Peng's case. So, if a two-year-old girl needs help, who will lend a hand? People are more interested in protecting themselves than helping those in trouble.

The passers-by in Foshan acted shamefully, but instead of blaming them for being cold-hearted, I think we should focus on the serious defects of the mainland's legal system.

Yu Wing-yan, King Ling College

Violent gaming can cross into real life

Should violent video games be available for sale?

There are so many gaming choices nowadays, including game consoles, computers and even mobile phones. And many companies launch games which contain murder, extortion and stealing to attract players.

The Grand Theft Auto series is very popular among gamers. In their virtual world, the players kill people, destroy cities, steal, kidnap or participate in other criminal activities.

There have been reports about people who copy the characters in violent video games and commit crimes in real life.

This shows that such games can have an adverse effect on players, and possibly destroy their future. Therefore, I think this kind of gaming should be banned.

Marco Chung, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

Chasing money isn't worth it

Last month, Microsoft boss Bill Gates told a group of American students: 'I can understand wanting to have millions of dollars. There's a certain freedom, meaningful freedom, that comes with that. But once you get much beyond that, I have to tell you, it's the same hamburger.'

I agree. Today, people want to earn as much as they can. They are too greedy. This is not good.

It is also ridiculous for students to stay up late so they can get good academic results. They are not acquiring knowledge - they are simply reciting information to enter the best university and then get a good job. Their main objective is to earn a high salary. People these days are more concerned about money than knowledge. The idea of education has been twisted.

People have the wrong idea that money can solve all problems. But money cannot buy health, friendship or love.

As people become slaves to money, they'll be willing to do anything to earn more.

I hope people think twice before becoming 'money slaves'. Money is not everything. It's the same hamburger, even if you are a billionaire.

Chris Lai Ho-yan

Extreme sport, extreme danger

Extreme sport is a popular term for activities that pose a danger to the participants. These activities usually involve a high level of physical effort, special gear or spectacular stunts.

Parachuting, bungee jumping, hang gliding and kitesurfing are examples of extreme sport.

Before you take part in such activities, you have to sign an agreement so that if an accident happens no one will bear responsibility. Are you brave enough to risk your life? I do not have the courage to do it. I do not like to 'taste' that kind of excitement because it is too dangerous.

I believe I must protect my body - I cannot hurt my parents by acting irresponsibly.

If something happens to me, my friends and family will be very sad.

Also, I don't think I can afford it - the equipment is too expensive.

In conclusion, I will not take part in extreme sport because it is too dangerous and expensive.

Annie Chan Nga-man, SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

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