Manager: When are you gonna take your vacation?
Woman:___1___My husband and I haven’t had a chance to have a vacation over the past three this time. Why?___2___
Manager: Well would it be too inconvenient for you to wait until next month?
Woman: Hm... not really.___3___but I've got to talk about it with my husband.
Manager: ___4___. I really appreciate your being so flexible.
A.I guess I can put it off until next month.
B.Thank you very much.
C.I was planning to take it at the end of this month.
D.Has something come up?
Each year over 600 million people travel internationally. Hundreds of millions more journey within their home country, doing so for both work and pleasure. As a result, the tourist industry—including hotels, scenic spots, airlines, travel agencies, and other businesses—is described as “the world’s number one employer.”
Worldwide, tourism generates an estimated four trillion dollars annually. Individual tourists may not view themselves as part of a worldwide peace movement, but this is how the UN World Tourism Organization describes the industry. In 2004, Francesco Frangialli, Secretary-general of the organization, told a presidential conference in the Middle East, “Tourism and peace are inseparable. The forces released by tourism are so powerful that they can change apparently irreversible situations and bring about peace where none was considered possible.”
What are the origins of this influential industry? Is tourism truly a force for good? And can “the forces released by tourism” really bring peace?
The seeds of the modern tourist industry in the West were sown especially in the 19th century. As the industrial revolution swelled the ranks of the middle classes in Europe and the United States,a growing number of people found themselves with both the money and the time to travel.
In addition, great advances were made in methods of mass transportation. Powerful engines pulled passengers between major cities, and great steamships sped them between continents. To deal with the growing traffic, large hotels sprang up near railway terminals and shipping ports.
In 1841, English businessman Thomas Cook saw the potential in tying these elements together He was the first to combine transportation, accommodation, and activities at desired locations into a holiday package tour. “Due to the system founded by Mr. Cook,” noted the British statesman Will Jam Gladstone in the 1860’s, “whole classes have for the first time found easy access to foreign countries and have acquired some of the familiarity with them which breeds not contempt（蔑視）but kindness.”
He owed his success to self-education and a strong（）for achievement.
In this media-focused world, the things we see and hear in the movies, on TV, and on the radio influence us all. Some of these influences are harmless or even beneficial to the forming minds of youth. But many others provide young people with questionable messages, for example, the MTV successes “Jersey Shore” and “My New BFF.” The stars of these shows do not commit technically immoral acts; they simply commit mindless ones. The lack of obviously immoral behavior leads many viewers to conclude that the shows are harmless. 【1】We can recognize when behavior lacks common sence, however, the greater danger is that we have been conditioned by the media to view mindlessness as acceptable.
I am disgusted with TV programs and movies that promote mindless behavior. 【2】The stars of there shows demonstrate to young people—particularly girls—that it is attractive to be dumb. That idea feeds into other self-image issues that girls already experience, and I believe this is affecting the future of our nation. If we want to have any hope for our society, we must stop this trend of stupidity.
Mixed in with all the blatant messages that young people are gathering from the media is a hint that it is attractive to be dense—especially for young women. 【3】Paris Hilton has readily admitted that she is not familiar with common knowledge, including the function of the Walmart stores and the capital city of England. Despite these intellectual failings, Hilton has been linked romantically to the rich and famous—models, musicians, actors, and businessmen—showing young women that desirable men find her dullness attractive. 【4】These negative examples lead girls to imitate Hilton in order to gain male attention: this begins young—perhaps as early as grade school—and only grows during the teen years.
Some people may view the “stupid girl” trend as a simple display of childishness. If this were the case, the idea of girls playing dumb would not alarm thinking people as it does.However,the immaturity of youth is not to blame; stupid girls are growing up to be stupid women and having children. What will these mothers teach the future leaders of our nation? Will teach their daughters to always wear makeup and encourage their sons to pursue silly girls? 【5】If this cycle continues, our country will be run into the ground in a matter of a few generations!
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