#30 Buddy

各位和聲人,

古聯有道:「風聲雨聲讀書聲,聲聲入耳;家事國事天下事,事事關心。」這是明朝大儒顧憲成所撰,題在江蘇無錫東林書院內,表達一個讀書人不僅要認真求學問,更要有「事事關心」的道德感和責任心。我認同這是我們莘莘學子應追求的質素,但談何容易呢?

今年,世界上最大的熱帶雨林亞馬遜森林正遭遇有紀錄以來最頻繁的火災,比去年同期增加八成以上。為什麼雨林突然處處起火呢?你知道大火災為全球帶來什麼惡果呢?今個夏天,我們的社會出現大規模的抗爭活動,你清楚整件事情的來龍去脈嗎?你能否以判性思考各方訊息,深入了解不同立場的想法和原因呢?最近,你有否與家人和朋友相聚溝通,關心他們的近況呢?

要應對各方面的難題,恐怕三頭六臂的人也會疲累。而且,你們努力過後,不一定得到別人的欣賞。記得填詞人黃偉文在他的歌曲作品展上講過「當你發現家人並不特別誇獎、讚賞你所做的工作、你畢生事業的時候,你會有甚麼方法解決呢? 我諗到...搵過一班新的家人。而這班家人在過去六晚都陪着我在這個地方,我多了六萬個家人!」能找到志同道合的朋友,在讀書人的路上並肩,哪怕只有一位,已經足夠應付很多挑戰。

今個學年,我們歡迎三百多位新同學加入和聲書院,我們亦希望所有和聲人能在書院中找到志同道合的朋友,成為成長路上的好拍檔,彼此鼓勵,互相分享。

Dear Woo Singer,

There is an old Chinese quote that an intellectual bares the responsibility to care and the morality to act besides the pursuit of knowledge. I think that is the goal for everyone in CUHK, but it is always easier said than done.

This year, our planet’s largest tropical rainforest, the Amazon rainforest, is suffering from a record-high frequency of fire with an over 80% increase compared to last year. Do we know the causes and consequences of this environmental catastrophe? Our society is currently being rocked by one of the largest and longest protests of our history, do you have a thorough understanding of the whole incident? Have you analyzed and digested the information critically? Did you try to understand the perspective of the opposite spectrum? Have you got in touch with your family and friends recently?

It would be exhausting even for the young and bright students to have addressed the above questions. Even if you tried, your attempts might not be appreciated by others. I still remember a few words by our city’s famous lyrics writer Wyman Wong, “Is there a solution when your family doesn’t appreciate what you are doing? My way is to find a new family. And these new families are all by my side in the past six days. I feel loved by these sixty thousand new families.” A buddy who stands with you and appreciates what you have done makes you stronger and tougher.

Two weeks ago, more than 300 students joined Woo Sing. We would like to express our cordial welcome to all new Woo Singer. In the meantime, we wish all of you will soon be able to find a buddy or become one, to share, cheers and fight together.

Best wishes,

Ellis Fok Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine

Associate Dean of Student, Lee Woo Sing College

The Chinese University of Hong Kong