学习啦【英语优美段落】 编辑：韦彦 发布时间：2016-09-09
believe the immediate purpose of life is to live - to survive. All known forms of life go through life cycles. The basic plan is: birth - maturing - mating - reproducing - death.
Thus the immediate purpose of human life is for each individual to fulfill his life cycle. This involves proper maturing into the fully developed adult of the specie.
The pine tree grows straight unless harmful influences warp it. So does the human being. It is a finding of the greatest significance that the mature man and woman have the nature and characteristics of the good spouse and parent: the ability to enjoy responsible working and loving.
If the world consisted primarily of mature persons - loving, responsible, productive, toward family, friends and the world - most of our human problems would be resolved.
But most people have suffered in childhood from influences which have warped their development. Hence, as adults they have not realized their full and proper nature. They feel something is wrong without knowing what it is. They feel inferior, frustrated, insecure, and anxious. And they react to these inner feelings just as any animal reacts to any hurt or threat: by readiness to fight or to flee. Flight carries them into alcoholism and other mental disorders. Fight impels them to crime, cruelty, war.
This readiness to violence, this inhumanity of man to man, is the basic problem of human life - for, in the form of war, it now threatens to extinguish us.
Without the fight-flight reaction, man would never have survived the cave and the jungle. But now, through social living, man has made himself relatively safe from the elements and wild beasts. He is even learning to protect himself against disease. He can produce adequate food, clothing and shelter for the present population of the earth. Barring a possible astronomical accident, he now faces no serious threat to his existence, except one - the fight-flight reaction within himself. This jungle readiness to hurt and to kill is now a vestigial hangover like the appendix, which interferes with the new and more powerful means of coping with nature through civilization. Trying to solve every problem by fighting or fleeing is the primitive method, still central for the immature child. The later method, understanding and co-operation, requires the mature capacities of the adult.
In an infantile world, fighting may be forced upon one. Then it is more effective if handled maturely for mature goals. Probably war will cease only when enough people are mature.
The basic problem is social adaptation and biologic survival. The basic solution is for people to understand the nature of their own biological emotional maturity, to work toward it, to help the children in their development toward it.
Human suffering is mostly made by man himself. It is primarily the result of the failure of adults, because of improper child-rearing, to mature emotionally. Hence instead of enjoying their capacities for responsible work and love, they are grasping, egocentric, insecure, frustrated, anxious and hostile. Maturity is the path from madness and murder to inner peace and satisfying living for each individual and for the human specie.
This I believe on the evidence of science and through personal observation and experience.
The storm could not last forever and the discomfort was not unendurable. Indeed, there wasmuch to look at which might otherwise have escaped me. As I gazed about with sharpenedappreciation, I saw colors and lines and contours that would have appeared differently underbrilliant light. The rain mists which now crowned the wooded hills and the fresh clearness of thedifferent greens were entrancing. My annoyance at the rain was gone and my eagerness toescape it vanished. It had provided me with a new view and helped me understand that thesources of beauty and satisfaction may be found close at hand within the range of one’s ownsensibilities.
It made me think, then and later, about other matters to which this incident was related. Ithelped me realize that there is no sense in my attempting ever to flee from circumstances andconditions which cannot be avoided but which I might bravely meet and frequently mend andoften turn to good account. I know that half the battle is won if I can face trouble with courage,disappointment with spirit, and triumph with humility. It has become ever clearer to me thatdanger is far from disaster, that defeat may be the forerunner of final victory, and that, in thelast analysis, all achievement is perilously fragile unless based on enduring principles ofmoral conduct.
I have learned that trying to find a carefree world somewhere far off involves me in an endlesschase in the course of which the opportunity for happiness and the happiness of attainmentare all too I often lost in the chase itself. It has become apparent to me that I cannot wipe outthe pains of existence by denying them, blaming them largely or completely on others, orrunning away from them.