Good morning dear students and teachers. The theme of our speech today is: A frugal life.
What is frugality? That is, spend sparingly; get rid of unnecessary expenses. Conservation is a traditional virtue and a fine quality of our country.
In the Spring and Autumn Period, Ji Wenzi of Lu State was a nobleman, but he was frugal throughout his whole life. Being clean and tidy was the only need he has for clothing, not glamour and luxury. The carriage he rode was also a very modest one.
Many sages have advocated frugality. One of the “Three Treasures” mentioned by Lao Tzu in the Tao Te Ching is “thrift”. “Zuo Zhuan” says “thrifty people are the treasures of the country”. We have been taught to save money since we were young, as the ancient poem we have recited since childhood says, ” Who knows the rice that feeds is the fruit of hard toil! “.
So why should we cultivate frugality? Individual families can save a lot of money by spending less on extravagance, and we can use this money not only for the betterment of ourselves but also for those in need. Meanwhile, the saving of daily resources such as electricity and water in life can greatly improve the ecological environment for our own wellbeing.
Even though we have been taught to be “thrifty” since childhood, we still witness wasteful behaviors every day, like not turning off the tap after washing our hands in the cafeteria.
A student in our high school wraps his hands in layers of tissues to dry his hands, which wastes a lot of tissues. We see behaviors like this every day. Perhaps it’s because we haven’t experienced the hardship of our parent’s generation or don’t know how difficult it is to make a living. Sometimes we are tempted to show our status by ordering more food than we can eat.
One’s person’s wasteful behavior may not seem that much if we only look at individual’s consumption of food and energy, but the total amount of the whole population is tremendous. It can go up to 35 million tons of food every year, close to 6% of my country’s total grain output. The urban catering industry wastes 17 to 18 million tons of food on the table alone, which is enough to feed 30 million to 50 million people. In the eyes of those suffering from cold and hunger, such waste is appalling.
As students, we should develop a good habit of saving food, water, electricity and other resources whether at home or on campus. For example, in the cafeteria, ask the ayi in the cafeteria to serve only a proper amount; tell them what you don’t like to eat so as to avoid waste. Try your best to finish everything on your plate. When leaving the classroom, turn off the lights; don’t turn on the air conditioner if you don’t need it, because starting the air conditioner consumes a lot of electricity.
Some students may ask: “Why should we be so frugal when we have more than enough resources to enjoy a better quality of life?”
In fact, when we make extravagance and waste a habit, we will also forget how to be content and why we should be grateful. We will become obsessed with more, and would not know how to spend our resources on things that are truly meaningful.
If we don’t understand the reason to be frugal, our desire will never be satisfied, even after you get everything you want.
All in all, I hope everyone can be more frugal, and always be grateful, thank you!