Today is September 11 and it just occurred to me that here on our forum there are people of different religions, beliefs and cultural backgrounds exchanging their thoughts and ideas in a constructive way.
You can go back as far as you want in the history of mankind and you will find that every violent conflict, every war is based on the same principle: If we are not capable to achieve our goals by means of mental power, persuasion, education and information we use violence and destroy life. Whenever people lack self-discipline, creativity and responsibility they turn to violence as their last resort.
But it also requires self-discipline to talk about such issues like War on Terrorism and the general question of what is good and bad because in most cases your opinions are based on emotions rather than on facts. So, by learning English and applying your communication skills to express your thoughts and ask other people to tell you what they think you get closer to this thing we might call «truth». Whenever you talk about such events like the Beslan siege or the latest bombings — make sure you have sufficient facts to base your opinion upon. Keep in mind that it is always much easier to condemn and criticize than to make a constructive proposal for an alternative.
Remember the saying: «We always have to hear both sides of the story» and according to Napoleon Hill there are always three sides to any story: There is your side, there is the other party’s side and then there is the «true side».
It is very important that you have an opinion on what is going on in the world: Open your eyes and ears, talk to other people, ask how they feel and what they think — examine the history of your country, try to separate facts from fiction. Be careful if someone says they are «right» and you are wrong. After all, there is only one planet Earth and no matter who you are you are part of this community called «mankind» so try to be as good a human being as possible.[YSaerTTEW443543]
TOEIC listening, question-response: Do you prefer chicken or beef?[YSaerTTEW443543]