In spite of the extraordinary progress made in science and technology , problems remain in terms of guaranteeing that achievements benefit the greatest number of people .
Traditional way of thinking have changed dramatically . The pendulum has swung and people are exhibiting greater open-mindedness and a burning desire to detemine their own destiny .
A growing number of people are beginning to realize that wealth is not the sole prerequisite for happiness .
Several years ago , Chinese streets were filled with people wearing identical drab clothing . Today , however , things are quite different and the streets are awash with people wearing fashionable bright colored outfits . Why has the change taken place
A famous thinker once wrote that " the greatest threat to mankind is mankind itself ! " If this is indeed the case , then the current situation should make us ponder our futuer existence .
U.S. President Harry Truman once remarked : " The buck stops here ! " His view has been confirmed by numerous world leaders who have assumed full responsibility for their actions .
Years of observing human behavior has enabled me to conclude that the major difference between mediocrity and success lies solely with the individual concerned . Successful individuals consistently seek advancement , while their less industrious contemporaries are merely content with the status quo .
Large families were once seen as a blessing . Today , however , things are changing and an increasing number of Chinese parents realize that fewer is better .
People used to place total reliance on the government . The so-called " iron rice bowl " prevailed in the past , but things are quite different today .
Working with the disabled cannot help but leave one impressed with their indefatigable desire .
Inflation is yet another new and bitter truth we must learn to face .
One of the pressing problema facing our nation （ China ） today is overcoming disparities in urban and rural income levels .
One of the most serious problems many people talk about centers on the lack of adequate housing space .
Never before in history has the issue of overpopulation been more evident than now .
The rapid expansion of urban areas has in many cases encroached on valuable cultivatable land , and led to a general recognition that development must not be carried at the cost of agriculture . The government has attached greater importance to the problem and an increasing number of redundant projects are being terminated .
There is a growing worldwide awareness of the need for strengthened environmental protection .