Directions:Study the following drawing carefully and write an essay in which you should
1) describe the drawing,
2) interpret its meaning, and
3) support your view with examples.
Groups of bees work together to produce honey. Their great efforts are not selfish, however, as the amount of honey they produce is for an entire group rather than a single individual.
The drawing above suggests that people should selflessly dedicate themselvesto their community as a whole. This spirit of dedication requires faith. Selfless hard work is an embodiment of responsibility and strength.
The health of nations requires a spirit of devotion. Chinese teachers, doctors and athletes who all work for the benefit of their country, for example, aredevoting themselves regardless of fame or fortune. They are dedicated to the society they live within. No matter what type of job one holds, one should work hard and in earnest to improve one's community.
The results of dedication, however, depend not only on one's willingness to give but also on one's ability. If you are enthusiastic about devoting yourself to your country, but do not have the skills it takes to do so, you cannot effect much change. The more competent, one is, the greater one's contribution. Therefore, it is essential that students focus on their studies and enhance their skills in order to properly give back to society.
We can see from the drawing, a swarm of bees flying here and there busily working to produce honey, which will be enjoyed by human beings rather than themselves.
Human beings show more respect to bees than to other animals, not for their diligence, but for their dedication to others. We live in a materialistic society and are trained from our earliest years to be greedy. We are taught early on to be materialistic and taught to consider things, or to be exact, money, “mine” or “yours”. It seems impossible to live in the modern society without money. Money is even regarded as a symbol of wealth and social position. There is a saying that goes, “money makes a mare go.” People seem to look more highly upon ones' possession of money rather than one's dedication to society.
Some people pursue their own personal benefits at the cost of others. Some people always ask for payment after their “dedication”. Dedication and expecting nothing in return is the highest level of devotion. Lei Feng's spirit of dedication is such a typical example. Bees produce honey as a result of their hard work to the human beings without asking for any repayment. That is why we respect bees. Dedication can bring us happiness and a sense of fulfillment. One who devotes himself to society and people will have a lot of enjoyment from the process of dedication.