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April 03
2017 年 4 月 3 日

漂亮重要嗎?

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幾個小姐聊天,都認為外表漂亮遠不如內在美重要。幾個太太聊天,都認為先生有錢遠不如愛情重要。幾位成績不錯的學生彼此交談,都認為成績不重要,程度最重要,此所以他們不熬夜、也不比別人多讀書。

類似以上這些言論,還有許多可供例舉。隨意發表意見的現象是常態,有些話或許有些道理,其「崇高」的看法,似乎也難以辯駁。

可是據我觀察,即使是玉顏難比拚的青春少女,尚要穿上錦衣羅衫呢。強調外表漂亮不那麼重要的小姐,雖然不怎麼漂亮,卻肯花大錢購買高價化粧品,出門時也一定格外重視自己的儀容。認為先生有錢不那麼重要的太太,她們的先生可能不是千萬、億萬富豪,但是絕對會鼓勵先生多賺些錢。當然,學習成績不佳的學生如果只是考試不順,又何必在乎分數,而學習成績好的學生,又何必強調並不比別人更用功讀書;試想學無止境,各行各業哪裏有成功的人不勤奮學習與研究的?

追根究底,真相其實是:氣質重要,乾淨漂亮也重要,具內在美的小姐自然會顯得漂亮;愛情重要,努力工作賺錢也同樣重要,皮之不存毛將焉附,誰能證明愛與錢就一定彼此衝突;而成績好或程度好的學生如果不努力,無論從事什麼行業,不管怎麼聰明,以後一定功不成名不就!

一個有名的例子有關男性如何看重女性,是漂亮身材、臉蛋,還是氣質?有人答:漂亮身材和臉蛋決定了是否想去瞭解她的氣質,氣質決定了是否會長久了解此人。同樣的說法也決定女性如何看待男性,只不過可能重點不同而已。


Is beauty important?

A few young ladies were heard making comments while conversing among themselves that personality was more important than appearance. A few married women were heard commenting among themselves that love was far more important than a rich husband. And students with good academic results are often heard commenting how grades are not as important as the level of understanding, so they do not burn the midnight oil and try to study more than others.

You've probably heard many similar comments. It's common to make generalisations like this. Some may even sound fairly reasonable and hard to refute.

But I've observed that even young girls with unrivalled beauty like to wear beautiful clothes. And young ladies who may not be particularly beautiful and who emphasise that appearance is not important are often willing to spend a lot of money on high-priced cosmetics and take special care grooming themselves before going out. And many married women who think love is more important than wealth will still encourage their husbands to make as much money as possible if they are not already millionaires or billionaires. As for students and academic results, there is no need to fret about a poor score if it is just an occasional flop in an exam, of course. But for high academic achievers, what is the point of emphasising that they don't have to study any harder than others? Learning is a never-ending journey. All successful people, no matter what field they are in, have to study and work hard to accumulate knowledge and do research.

At the end of the day, the truth is that hard work is a key ingredient of quality, just as neatness is part of a beautiful look. A woman with an appealing personality can be truly beautiful. Of course, love is important; but so is working hard to make money. What is the body without the head? Who can say that love and money are incompatible? But I do know that no matter what career you pursue and no matter how smart you are, you will not succeed without hard work, whether you have good academic results or a high level of understanding.

A well-known example of this is the qualities a man looks for in a woman: a beautiful body, face or personality? Some reply that a beautiful body and face gets your initial interest, but it's her personality that determines your long-term interest. Many women look at men the same way, though perhaps with a different emphasis.

 

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