Our society admires individuals such as lawyers who work pro bono for wrongfully imprisoned individuals, or doctors who work with the poor. But while such actions require extreme compassion and, often, great personal sacrifice, they are in reality acts of reputation-building that do not stem from pure selflessness. Though we praise people who commit seemingly selfless acts that benefit others, should we take a closer look at the motivation behind such acts? In our materialistic, capitalistic society, perhaps we should re-examine the intentions behind such generosities.
There is no such thing as a truly selfless act. Anyone who takes action in order to help another human being only does so in order to promote his or her own reputation.
Human beings are essentially good, whether their ethics comes from an internal sense of morality, a collective conscience, or a structured religion. As long as we have a purity of intent, then it is acceptable to benefit from our compassionate actions, even if that benefit is monetary.
No good deed goes unpunished. Even a purely selfless act can sometimes have unintended consequences. It may be that our intentions to help others are pure, but the results of those intentions are often muddy.
Solving Society’s Problems
The world today faces a wide range of challenges. Despite the great economic and scientific progress mankind has made, many in the world are still struggling to survive. Even in developed nations, individuals and communities face problems like poverty, disease and violence. Individuals and private organizations have done much to help alleviate many of these problems. Government have also played a role in addressing issues like poverty and public health. In your opinion, who has a bigger role to play in solving today’s problems: governments or individuals?
Individuals could not possibly hope to solve problems as large as the ones we face today. Only large governments with sizable resources can help.
Governments are, by nature, composed of individuals working as a team. Governments can solve major problems because they harness the power of individuals.
The best solutions to society’s problems always come from individuals, not governments. Governments lack the creativity and drive necessary to tackle major problems successfully.
Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally about what to do or what to believe. It includes the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking. Having critical thinking can benefit people in many aspects, but some people expressed their concerns about developing critical thinking. Considering the accelerating role of critical thinking in one’s development, it is worth evaluating its values.
Critical thinking is difficult to be developed. In any education system, there is no clear standard of teaching critical thinking.
Critical thinking can be seen as the foundation of social development. Many cases of social movement should be attributed to people’s critical thinking.
Critical thinking is crucial for self-reflection. In order to live a meaningful life and to structure our lives accordingly, we need to justify and reflect on our values and decisions with a critical mind. 考前提示：寫例子的目的是為了證明觀點，每一個主體段的論點和例子結合起來構成的是“Examplification”，而不是一堆看似完整，卻無關主題的碎片化信息，所以例子一定要扣著觀點去寫。其次，ACT更加突出例證部分的邏輯性。
此外要想12分滿分，3個perspective都要關聯，有的同學不能理解什么叫“關聯”，寫出來的論點還是free writing的觀點。這就需要對于題目里面所給出的三個perspective進行深入分析了，每一個論點都不是平白無故給你的，三個perspective都是你進行critical writing的例證工具，一定要結合題目的觀點論述自己的觀點和例子，這個是寫作高分的制勝點。
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