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(更正)第一时间发布:2012年3月18日托福作文范文

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摘要: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? We should never be impolite to another person.   It is plausible to sa...

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? We should never be impolite to another person.

 

It is plausible to say that politeness is always the best policy. However, I see things differently. Although I concede that being impolite is undesirable in most cases, there are circumstances under which people have to be impolite for the sake of themselves and others.

Admittedly, politeness can guarantee  good relationships among people. In most cases, a smile on face may bring close a relationship while turning one’s back away may close the door of communication. In general, those who tend to smile a lot and speak tenderly to others have more friends and become more popular in a community. Take my sister, Lily, for example. She is considered a great girl both by her family and friends because of her refined mannerism and moderate temper. Nevertheless, although courtesy is an important means to maintain good interpersonal relationship, it may not be applicable to every condition.

First of all, people sometimes have to be impolite to guarantee their own rights. History abounds with examples to show that if people choose to be extremely polite and turn the other cheek when bullied, they may suffer from all kinds of inequality and violation of human rights. In the contrary, if they choose to fight back in spite of the accusation of “being rude”, they may finally earn respect from others. December 1, 1955 would otherwise be a common day had it not been for an African-American woman named Rosa Parks, who courageously refused to relinquish her seat to a white man on a bus in Alabama. For many people at that time, such a refusal appeared to be bold and rude because Rosa Parks seemed to forget “her own place” and damaged the “accepted social conduct”. However, such defiance proves to be a milestone in the History of United States and becomes a catalyst to civil movement. The story of Rosa Parks strongly demonstrates that politeness and lofty mannerism are subjected to conditions.

Secondly, people sometimes have to be impolite for the sake of others. Deception is often regarded to be impolite but people do have to tell “white lies” sometimes to avoid frustrating others. In O. Henry’s Novel the Final Leaf, the importance of “telling a lie” has been proved when Sue paints a leaf on the ivy vine to cheer up her friend Johnsy who believes that her life will perish with the falling of the final leaf. Thus, from this literary example, we can also see that politeness may not always be a good policy.

Granted that a harmonious society needs etiquette, it can be concluded from the examples above that politeness is not a universal truth.[anti-both]

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