M:Kate, don't make noise. This football match is great.
W:I think you should turn off the TV. Both John and I are preparing for the final exam.
M:You know, Jason can play tennis, swim, play soccer... but I can't.
W:It doesn't matter. I mean, you can play the guitar, play basketball, cook and even speak three languages. You are great.
M:When will the meeting start?
W:According to the schedule, it should begin at 9:00, and it will last for an hour.
M:Did you get to watch the play in the Capital Theater yesterday?
W:Yes, it couldn't be better. But I didn't like the people there. They always made noises.
M:It's raining again. The weather report says it's going to snow tonight. I don't like this kind of weather.
W:But it's going to be sunny this weekend.
M:Can you give me a ride to the library?
W:Studying at the library again? I take just as many classes as you do, but I only have about an hour of studying to do every day. And I can get all my work done either here at home or at the café down the road.
M:Well, I'm majoring in physics. I have several projects due each month, and that's after I spend ten or fifteen hours a week in the lab. You're a psychology major. You have one midterm and one final exam for each class, right?
M:You've got it so easy!
M:Hi, Jenny. Are you going to school now?
W:Yep. I have one English class at 9:00 in the morning.
M:We will have our midterm exams next month. I plan to look for some important books in the library. Do you want to join me?
W:Sure. I need to return some books.
M:Great. We can go to the swimming pool in the gym after that.
W:That sounds like a good idea. We can chill out a little in such a hot summer.
W:Oh, you look ill.
M:I don't feel too good, I must admit.
W:Then you shouldn't go to school today.
M:Oh, I have to. I can't stay at home today — we've got to hand in our geography projects. It's the last chance. And it's just a cold. I'll be fine once I've had a wash and a bit of breakfast.
W:It won't hurt to miss a day. You look very pale, and there's a flu virus spreading at the moment. Ella next door has got flu.
M:I haven't got the flu, mom. And Mr. Bell will think that I'm absent because today's the deadline for the project and I haven't finished it.
W:Don't be silly — you're one of his star pupils. Surely, he's not going to fail you because you are ill. You haven't even missed a day all year as far as I remember.
M:Oh well, I suppose you're right. Perhaps I will stay at home, just today. But could you do me a favor? Drive to school and deliver my project to Mr. Bell.
W:It's quite unnecessary. I will call Mr. Bell right now.
M:I have such a busy day today. I don't know when I'll be home. Can you pick up our son from school today?
W:Oh, you have to speak at the High School of Science and Technology today?
M:That'll be finished by 3 o'clock. But then I have to go to the office and prepare my notes for my speech at the Computer Society's annual dinner tonight.
W:Well, at least your magazine article has already been written and given to your editor. It is due today, isn't it?
M:Yes, at least that's done. In fact, it should be published sometime next month.
W:Do you think you'll be given time to eat tonight or will you have to spend the entire evening answering questions?
M:I might be asked to speak as soon as everyone sits down for dinner. In that case, I guess I'll be pretty hungry when I get home.
W:Do you have any idea what time you'll be finished?
W:Well, I'll have something ready for you to eat. Can you catch the last bus? Or maybe you should take a taxi.
M:Don't worry, dear. That's already been taken care of. The Computer Society is sending a car for me. It's picking me up at the office at six and will bring me home after the meeting.
Have you heard of the Golden Rule? The great Chinese philosopher Confucius taught this principle. It is a very important and well-known idea. The rule says not to do anything to other people that you would not want them to do to you. It is a very simple yet deep truth. Confucius possessed a lot of important wisdom like this. He encouraged many values like children respecting elders and people respecting their ancestors. He desired these moral principles in people's lives and in the government of the country. He believed that people should develop their own personal rules instead of simply memorizing rules of behavior to follow. He also had a thoughtful way of teaching. Instead of presenting his ideas through arguments and reasoning, he taught his rules through personal examples. He himself studied hard and sought truths, dreams and a perfect personality. In short, Confucius aimed to establish a world of great harmony. For over two thousand years, his teachings and beliefs still have a great effect on Chinese culture. Many other cultures around the world have also been influenced to this day by these important moral teachings.