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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Student Essay - Today’s world is a dangerous place in which to live – Shin Soo Kyung, Year 11, Sayfol International School

Today’s world is a dangerous place in which to live – Shin Soo Kyung, Year 11, Sayfol International School

We receive bad news every day and some people believe that it is the beginning of the end of the world. This is because many things are threatening our lives these days. The world is changing very fast and society has become cold-hearted. Many hazardous things are happening unexpectedly without warning. Even staying at home is not safe. Today’s world is a dangerous place in which to live because we do not know what terrible things might happen tomorrow.

Firstly, natural disasters are taking place more and more often nowadays. Recently, there was an earthquake in Japan. A large number of people died and many people are still suffering because of it. Earthquakes are not the only problems. Other countries get hit by unexpected natural disasters too, like typhoon, flood and tsunami because of abnormal weather conditions. These natural disasters cannot be avoided and they put us in a risky situation. No country is safe from experiencing natural disasters so we always have to be prepared.

In the same way, increase in crime rates is threatening our lives. Besides, the acts of crime seem to be getting more and more violent. The famous terrorist, Osama Bin Laden’s death was a big issue and the shooting in Norway gave us a shock. It clearly show that even peaceful countries have a potential of experiencing violent crimes. The victims of these acts of terror are poor, innocent people. Moreover, more people commit crime today without any reason. These people merely enjoy inflicting pain upon others. This makes the world very dangerous indeed.

Finally, excess competition makes the world dangerous too. Of course moderate competition is needed to improve the quality of our lives. However, unnecessary competition stresses people out and they may commit suicide if the pressure is too great. This problem is especially acute among students in Korea. This is not only a personal matter but it is a social problem. Stress is one of the main factors that causes high blood pressure and heart attack. These conditions can lead to death. Hence, competition has made this world a much more dangerous place than it was in the past.

In short, today’s world is indeed a dangerous place in which to live. Sudden natural disasters, cruel crime and a competitive society cause people to worry about their future. Perhaps, if we reassess our priorities and work together for a more sustainable goal, we will be able to put palpitating hearts to rest. But until then, neither our days nor nights will be filled with peace or safety.

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