Offering seats to old people
Recently, we’ve had a discussion about whether we should offer seats to old people on the bus. Our opinions are divided on this topic.
Most of the students are in favor of it. In their views, there are two factors contributing to this attitude as follows: on the one hand, there is no doubt that this behavior is our traditional virtue(美德), so it is our duty. On the other hand, offering seats to old people can show our good manners, which leaves deep good impression on other people.
However, others are strongly against it. Their reasons are as follows. In the first place, in some foreign cultures, it is not polite to do that because it shows we don’t believe the old people can do things by themselves, which tells them they are too old. What’s more, this behavior doesn’t suit the concept of equality advocated in the contemporary society.
Personally speaking, I firmly support it. When I help the old, they are so grateful that they thank me again and again, which makes me happy as well. Where there is a willing hand, there is warmth. Sometimes it is just such little things that will make a big difference. So we should be ready to provide our help at any time. The more good deeds we do, the more harmonious our society will be!
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