Have you ever bought any food on the train? And do you ask for the receipt after buying it? Nowadays, all trains in China provide its passengers with receipts for commodities, but 7 years ago, things were quite different.
On 13th of October, 2020, the train T109 from Beijing to Shanghai was speeding on the railway. A graduate student bought a sausage at 1 yuan on the train, then asked for a receipt.
Are you kidding? Its just one yuan! The crew member was surprised.
The student, however, answered in a determined voice, I paid the money, so I deserve the receipt.
But we never give receipts on the train. As a result, his further request was turned down by a cold shoulder.
Several days later, the student sued the National Railway Ministry, for not providing receipts for passengers.
To his dismay, the court turned down the case for lack of evidence. But he, who majored in law at that time, believed law as a most powerful weapon, so he did not give up. Instead, he began his journey of collecting first-hand evidence by taking trains and buying commodities aboard. When his classmates were playing soccer, he was taking the train; When his classmates were buying food at Mcdonalds, he was buying food on the train; When his classmates were asking girls out, he was asking for the receipts. As he joked, I was either taking the train or on the way to take the train.
One month later, he appeared in the court again, with newly-collected evidence and a stronger confidence. And I guess, ladies and gentlemen, you will all cheer for the result because this time, the student won the case. Very soon, a regulation about receipts on the train came out. And whatever we buy on the train now, theres a receipt for us.
Outside the court, the student was asked, How do you make it to the end? He said, As a law student, I root my faith in law. I believe that law is there, to protect every person with no exception, and to ensure every person has a say.
His words spread a strong faith in law, which is not only a doctrine of a law student, but also a belief that all citizens ought to hold. It is this faith that initiates the student to resort to law for a tiny issue; it is this faith that supports him to endure all the exhausting trips when collecting evidence; It is this faith that makes a seemingly ridiculous receipt request legal and rightful. It is this faith that helps to change our life, enhance our judicial system and bring social justice.
To many, a receipt of 1 yuan is too small to mention, however rights are to be respected and law is to be believed in. It all starts with a tiny receipt of 1 yuan, but we get a monumental case, a new regulation and a bumper harvest in social justice. The bridge that leads a tiny start to a bumper harvest is faith, the faith in law, rightful and strong.
许吉如，女，1992年6月出生，清华大学法学院，2020年12月获第xx届21世纪杯全国英语演讲比赛北京赛区总决赛冠军。 南京申办2020年青奥会形象大使，2020年2月随中国代表团赴温哥华申奥。 奥冠体育俱乐部形象大使。
I still remember when I was in the senior high, one of my best friends was struggling to make a decision between going abroad for further study and staying in China, finally she chose the later, and the reason she provided was very simple: studying abroad is a tough experience! Most of us will probably agree with her because were always deliberately trying to avoid difficulties and toughness society assigns us. Therefore, lots of the criticisms nowadays are based on the fact that young people are lack of faith which is shaped by the toughness they should have encountered in their age. As a generation brought up in the greenhouse; our parents sheltered nearly every waves and storms outside our ivory tower. A little tree with constant watering and care can never stand a violent wind, however, a tree on a dry land can live more vigorously even after a disaster because bad conditions develop its quality to grow its root much more deeper into the ground. Toughness shapes faith, and faith can turn obstacles to opportunities.
Dear ladies and gentlemen, how many of you have ever given up your pursuit because you thought it was too tough to accomplish and the obstacles are insurmountable? When reflecting on ourselves, lets make a comparison with a boy called Liu Wei, who won the championship of 2020 Chinas Got Talent by playing piano with his feet. The 22-year old boy, whose arms were amputated because of an electric shock, finally overcame all the obstacles once hindered his way to pursue his dream and showed us a preternatural faith shaped by the toughness he has encountered. And finally, his misery turned out to be an opportunity for him to build his faith and won the recognitions from the public.
Lius stirring deeds make us contemplate, if he didnt lose his arms when he was young, he might be one of those bewildered people, hunting for a job to keep him a living in the social trend, furthermore, if Helen Keller wasnt deprived of her sight and hearing, she might be deprived of her insight into the essence of life, if President Lincolns career was all smooth before he won the election, he might never have that perseverance to bring him onto such a historical stage.
Toughness shapes faith, and faith can turn obstacles into opportunities. Thats the reason why we should always be positive towards those so-called torturing events in life. We saw the faith shaped by Lius disability supported him to win applauds by millions of people around the world, providing the opportunities for him to shake off the shackles of his lost arms. Several weeks ago, we saw the faith shaped by the national disaster supported a squad-group of 50 Japanese workers voluntarily stick fast to their post, providing the living opportunities for others. Then, what do we see in us? Building faith is a life-long process, lets bravely face the storms of life, face the toughness we once wanted to shun, face our original dreams which were later denied by ourselves. Lets shape our faith by facing the challenges in life, and altering the obstacles into those precious opportunities that well treasure in our whole life!
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, lets play a game. I am going to raise a question for you. If you have the correct answer in your mind before I disclose it, then you win. Listen carefully. What is the strongest belief in the world?
I knew a man who used to tell me stories about his life. He was a poor man who was born during a war, grew up in war time and unfortunately was dragged to another war just after he got married. He originally thought he would die during that war. But as he always told me it was the strongest belief in the world that saved him from early death.
In 1952, the man was 25 years old. Though he had suffered the horrors of wars, he finally made it through those hard times. He had a wonderful family, a beautiful wife and a lovely baby. Suddenly, the Korean War broke out. As a soldier, he and his wife were surely aware what the war could mean to them. When the man set off to the front line, his wife told him this, I give you the strongest belief in the world and with this I know you will be back. During a battle, the man was shot in the chest. His mate thought he would be another one added to the death list. The man told me that at the crucial moment he saw the sweet smile of his beloved wife and heard his baby crying Papa, Papa. Tenaciously clinging to the belief shared with his wife, he miraculously survived.
This poor but lucky guy was my grandfather. He did come back after the war and would always tell about the strongest belief that kept him alive in those dark times. I was never good at making small talk with him so when he passed away 5 years ago I never had the chance to ask him seriously what that strongest belief was. This time, he wasnt coming back. So after that, I began searching for what my grandfathers legacy really meant. What is the strongest belief in the world, ladies and gentlemen?
Last year, I was an interpreter for a Korean businessman for several weeks. I noticed every night he would take a picture of his wife and daughter from his wallet. Carefully, he polished the picture as if he were touching their real faces gently. I asked how long he had been away from home. He sighed it was already a few months. But he emphasized that before he left home, his wife told him about the strongest belief in the world, which meant he would certainly be back. It was this phrase againthe strongest belief in the world. But this time, I realized what it really meant.
The strongest belief is like a round-trip ticket, it may take you away at times, but it will always bring you back to where you started from. It was this ticket that brought my grandfather back to his wife. It was this ticket that sent the Korean businessman back to his family. And, it is on this ticket, where it reads: your destinationhome. So, ladies and gentlemen, the strongest belief in the world is simplyhome.
Because of this belief, soldiers are willing to pick up guns. Because of this belief, sailors go on the longest voyage. Because of this belief, we have the courage to face any difficulty. Because we are sure tomorrow, whether success or failure, this belief will guide us home.