Has man a future?
Liang Shuming, a Chinese philosopher who spent 70 years of his life seeking an answer to this question, held the belief that the world would get better every day. However, as the fast development of modern society has brought unprecedented challenges to mankind, this lingering question continues to provoke deep thought, reflection, doubt or even fear. For example, Igor Morski, a Polish graphic designer, has created a series of pictures depicting some of the lurking problems in today’s world that will endanger rather than improve people’s lives. Some scholars even warn that if severe threats like nuclear weapons and climate change remain unchecked, “the doomsday clock is on the verge of striking.”
What is your answer to this question? Write an essay with YOUR OWN TITLE, clearly stating your opinion and supporting your ideas with reasons and examples. You should write about 800 words.
今年写作大赛议论文的题目非常新颖——“Has Man A Future”。这个题目和我以往遇到的许多单纯论述利弊的作文题不同，因为其着眼点更大，可讨论的内容范围更广，和现实生活联系也非常紧密。但是，要找到一个好的切入点也不容易。比赛时间有限，我首先明确了自己的立场——虽然人类可能还面对着许多不容忽视的困难和挑战，但是人类仍有未来。在我看来，在考场写作过程中，为了有效地避免偏离主题、主旨不明等问题，一个明确的中心论点是非常必要的。
在文章题目的的选择上，我借用了我非常喜欢的《悲惨世界》音乐中 的一句话——“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise”。我想，用“太阳终将升起”来暗示我作文中“人类必有明天、必有希望”的主题，应该是比较合适的。
The Sun Will Rise
When we put the development of human society throughout the history under scrutiny, it may be clearly discovered that there is undoubtedly a future in spite of all the challenges and hardship we may face, seeing the fact that active actions are taken to deal with possible issues by human beings for improvements. We human love, cherish and are willing to protect this beautiful earth that we call "home". With all the efforts made, the sun will always rise as usual and there will be always hope.
Undeniably, human beings are taking active steps towards most of the threats that are posed to our lives. However hard it may be, human beings always spare no efforts to fight against the problems. For instance, the environmental problem is one of the severest problems human beings are encountering now. Pollution, including air, water and noise pollution, is claimed to be the issue that are mostly to endanger the future of human society. However, it goes without any doubt that the situation is being improved in recent years since great importance has already been attached to the issue by mankind all across the world. Nowadays, an increasing number of children are improving their protection consciousness because they are well educated at a young age. Besides, countless environment-themed conferences are held throughout the world every year, aiming to find solutions for various problems. Censorship on pollutions is growing stricter, and more and more environmentally-friendly products appear in the market. People are turning over a new leaf in the problems and deserve a bright future.
To pursue this further, the future of human society also lies in our attitudes. There is always a future where there is hope and determinations. As is illustrated by human history, it is we human beings that decide the possible future of ourselves. For example, in recent centuries, some people have put forward the bloodcurdling idea that the rapid development of nuclear weapons may lead to the doom of mankind. Coincidentally, such ideas were quite prevalent at the turn of 19th and 20th century, which believed that the massive production of weapons may lead to wars worldwide that might destroy most of human civilization. However, as it turned out, the First and Second World War put no end to human society. The same holds true for nuclear weapons and other fruits of the modern science. With the advancement of technology, they are certain to be safer and cleaner.
Virtually, pessimism on human future can bring no benefits other than desperation, hopelessness and giving ups. What this society requires is no more than warnings. People do need to be aware of the dangers, but the last thing they would like is a pessimistic statement, imposing death penalty on the future for the whole species, which is not only too rush, but is also likely to result in public panic and chaos, causing further harms. Worries and warnings, if to a moderate extent, is necessary and indispensible for people to realize the urgency of change and improvements. But too much of them will adversely affect the society for sure. It will be more helpful for people to know that what is waiting in front of the path is problems that can still be solved, instead of a doomsday that is bound to come and destroy all.
By and large, there is always a future for human. Challenges and problems are a usual law of life. As long as being handled timely and in a right way, on no account can they deprive us of our future. However, if we merely focus on the possible difficulties with a negative attitude, we will become pessimists and are certain to miss our future. It may be high time that we replace the unnecessary worries with hope; that we drop fears and try to solve the problems step by step.
总体来说，这篇文章相当不错。首先要肯定的是，作者依靠自己的知识储备和敏锐的反应，利用名人名著效应，选择了一个很容易引起共鸣的好题目 “The Sun Will Rise ”，而不是很随意或很无奈地利用给定材料中的信息，简单机械地谓之 “Has Man a Future?”。扣题中肯的题目，既简明扼要地表达了自己的观点，又一下子让人想起了海明威的大作The Sun Also Rises（《太阳照常升起》）及其中的人物、场景及寓意。