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Moral Values for Children

Children—and many adults—love the story of Aladdin. Adventure, magical artifacts, good
versus evil, and the ultimate success story of a beggar boy being transformed into a prince
by an awesome genie. There's something appealing about that easy success. Instead of
having to discipline himself and work hard to succeed, Aladdin uses magic.

孩子們,還有許多成年
人,都喜愛阿拉丁的故
事。那個故事充滿驚險
歷奇,有神奇的手工藝
品(諸如魔燈、魔毯)、
善與惡之爭。乞丐出身
的男孩,在大有威能的
精靈相助下,變成王子,
最後成功、得以圓夢。
這種容易得到的成功,
的確有其吸引人之處,
阿拉丁不需克己和艱苦
奮鬥來獲得成功,而是
透過魔法實現了夢想。

In real life, however, wish fulfilment takes on another form. We may not be blessed with
Aladdin's genie in a lamp, or Cinderella's fairy godmother, but each of us has the means to
make many things that we want and need happen. In the real world, things like passing a
test, acquiring a skill, or achieving some worthy goal happen as the result of mastering one
object alone—ourselves. It's not as glamorous, and success doesn't happen overnight; and
yes, it may seem like a poor replacement for a genie, or a few magic words and fairy dust,
but it's much more likely to have a lasting effect on your life.
然而,在現實生活中,夢想是以另一種形式
實現的。我們或許沒有阿拉丁神燈裡的精靈,
或是灰姑娘的神仙教母這類福氣,但我們每
個人都有辦法,來實現我們想要和需要發生
的事情。在現實世界裡,如通過考試、學會
某種技能或是完成某個有價值的目標等等,
都可以透過駕馭一個對象來實現──那就是
我們自己。這聽來不像阿拉丁故事那樣精彩,
也不能讓你一夜之間成功;的確,它聽來似
乎是個低劣的替代品,無法替代精靈、幾句
神奇的魔咒或什麼仙塵,但這麼做卻更可能
會為你的生命帶來持久的影響。

Focused, hard work is the real key
to success. Keep your eyes on the
goal and just keep taking the next
step towards completing it.

專注而勤奮的工作,是成功的真
正關鍵。你要對目標目不轉睛,
繼續邁出一步,來達成它。

How to have a strong work ethic:

• Give it your best shot. Instead of
doing the minimum, put your all into
your responsibilities.
• Be a self-starter.

謹持堅定的敬業觀念:
• 全力以赴。不是盡量少做,
而是不遺餘力地盡你的職責。
• 自動自發。

• Be honest. Bending the rules doesn't pay in the long run.
• Be patient. We need patience to accomplish our goals in life. Even when our situation is
not ideal, it is important to persevere and make the most of what we have.

• 誠實。偷機取巧,到
最後是沒有好處的。
• 具有耐心。我們需要
耐心來完成我們生命中
的目標。即使當我們的
情況並不理想,重要的
是要持之以恆、堅忍不
拔,並充分利用我們所
有的、盡力而為。

No matter how much you want, laziness
won’t help a bit, but hard work will
reward you with more than enough.

懶惰人渴求,卻一無所得;殷勤人必
得豐裕。

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Image 2 adapted from Aladdin picture by JD Hancock/Flickr; used under CC license. All other artwork  TFI. Text courtesy
of Activated! magazine; used by permission.