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在这期间,比赛吸引了各路大神前来大显身手,有“辩论圈男神”王亦功,NSDA优秀毕业生张再琦等。他们有的从社交时代的公民正义,有的从疫情歧视等多个角度对“China to the World”这一主题进行了精彩诠释,也给广大参赛选手做了很好的示范。

本期,我们邀请到了接连摘得耶鲁与牛津Offer的“辩论小天才”林景轩。他从“塞翁失马,焉知非福”的故事引入,从一个个历史人物、历史故事出发,认为此次疫情既是一场灾难,又是一个机遇。

作为经历此次全球疫情的受害者,我们正在见证历史,经历数年不遇的大灾难;作为人类,我们也要学会反思,Never waste a good crisis.

NSDA Talent介绍

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林景轩

目前就读于上海中学国际部

已摘得耶鲁大学和牛津大学的Offer

上海中学国际部辩论社社长

2016年NSDA全国总决赛初中组冠军

2019年NSDA全国总决赛高中组亚军

演讲标题:

Never waste a good crisis!

演讲稿全文

The wisdom of an Eastern tale

About twenty centuries ago, during the Han Dynasty, an old man lived near China’s northern borders.

Now this man had a fabulous horse, envied by neighbors throughout his village. This horse, however, turned out to be quite impetuous, and on one day decided to gallop away.

The man’s neighbors expressed their sympathies, yet the man seemed unconcerned. “Who knows if this really is a bad thing?” He asked.

A few days later horse returned, and the neighbors came again, expressing their congratulations. Yet the old man replied “Who knows if this really is a good thing?”

A few days later, the man’s son fell while riding the magnificent horse, breaking a leg. The old man, like always, was unperturbed, asking “who knows if this really is a bad thing?”

A few years later, war began, and all able-bodied men in the province was conscripted, yet the man’s son was given a pass because of his injuries. The war was brutal, and barely any soldiers returned, yet the man’s son survived.

Like all good historical stories this one is probably fake. Despite that, its message is as relevant as ever.

Ever since the coronavirus pandemic began, our newsfeed has been filled with one trouble after another, with alarming impacts on our psychologies. There’s a whole CDC webpage dedicated to discussing the ramifications of the virus over our mental health.

So today I think it is especially important to remember the old man in the Han Dynasty that stared at every catastrophe with equanimity, it is especially important to remember that, in the words of Napoleon Hill, every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.

Many great achievements were accomplished during great peril.

Western history is abound with examples that illustrate the wisdom of this Eastern tale.

Take Franklin Delano Roosevelt for example. When he was sworn in as President of the United States in 1933, he saw a nation on the brink of collapse due to the Great Depression.

Yet within a decade he not only ended the Depression, but used it as an opportunity to literally rebuild the fabric of American society and American economy, creating institutions such as Social Security which are critical components of American life to this day.

The same effects could be seen in the business world. Paul O’Neill took over the Alcoa after the company had suffered from a series of catastrophes, and, using the situation to create the impetus for a series of reforms, made the company the world’s greatest aluminum producer.

It is no coincidence that many of the great achievements in history, whether in politics or business, were accomplished at times of great peril. For sometimes it takes a little instability to shake us out of our habitual lethargy.

Crises forces us to look at the world in another way, to think of new solutions, new projects, new dreams. In many ways the dark days of a crisis, such as the one we find ourselves in now, is not the darkness of an unending night but the shadows of a tunnel leading to broad, sunlit uplands.

Use the tragedy as the path for a better tomorrow.

None of this should, of course, be understood as trivializing the anguish experienced by millions directly impacted by the coronavirus.

But as we mourn, I think we should also ask, as the old man from the Han Dynasty did, if we cannot use the tragedy of today as the path for a better tomorrow.

On an international level, this pandemic highlights the urgent need to strengthen our systems of transnational cooperation. Pathogens knows no border. Institutions such as the WHO must be empowered so that it can form humanity’s collective shield against diseases.

On a national level, this pandemic highlights the need for governments to build up a more robust systems of governance, particular in terms of communication between different levels of government. These measures have long been necessary. Today, maybe the time has finally come when they can happen.

One a personal level, for those of us in cities under lockdown, these months can be a time for silent self-reflection, strengthening bonds with family members, and exploring academic interests that has previously been put off due to lack of time. If we are diligent and curious, this period of lockdown may be remembered as a period of personal growth.

So in the difficult months ahead, let us dedicate ourselves to what Sir Winston Churchill said so many years ago, "Never waste a good crisis." Let us dedicate ourselves to that.

Thank you.

https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/49ChvfQYtVAENaYLyUTUbw

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