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各位和声人,

古联有道:「风声雨声读书声,声声入耳;家事国事天下事,事事关心。」这是明朝大儒顾宪成所撰,题在江苏无锡东林书院内,表达一个读书人不仅要认真求学问,更要有「事事关心」的道德感和责任心。我认同这是我们莘莘学子应追求的质素,但谈何容易呢?

今年,世界上最大的热带雨林亚马逊森林正遭遇有纪录以来最频繁的火灾,比去年同期增加八成以上。为什么雨林突然处处起火呢?你知道大火灾为全球带来什么恶果呢?今个夏天,我们的社会出现大规模的抗争活动,你清楚整件事情的来龙去脉吗?你能否以判性思考各方讯息,深入了解不同立场的想法和原因呢?最近,你有否与家人和朋友相聚沟通,关心他们的近况呢?

要应对各方面的难题,恐怕三头六臂的人也会疲累。而且,你们努力过后,不一定得到别人的欣赏。记得填词人黄伟文在他的歌曲作品展上讲过「当你发现家人并不特别夸奖、赞赏你所做的工作、你毕生事业的时候,你会有甚么方法解决呢? 我谂到...揾过一班新的家人。而这班家人在过去六晚都陪着我在这个地方,我多了六万个家人!」能找到志同道合的朋友,在读书人的路上并肩,哪怕只有一位,已经足够应付很多挑战。

今个学年,我们欢迎三百多位新同学加入和声书院,我们亦希望所有和声人能在书院中找到志同道合的朋友,成为成长路上的好拍档,彼此鼓励,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