An imperfect perfect world – by Tudor Rusan, 14 years old, student at Moise Nicoara National College, Arad
A perfect world: everybody is nice to everybody, everything is green, nice, there is no war, no rudeness, no bullies…perfect, right?
A green, eco-friendly, pacifist world dominated by “smart” technology would actually be extremely dull. It’s actually a paradox; people can’t be all “green” and need the newest and most advanced goodies on the market.
Unfortunately now, in the 3rd millennium we are told that “best” also means “most”. That if we don’t have top range, state of the art gadgets we’re meaningless. Like a little kitten wanting to be a lion, but not knowing that he’s OK as he is, that he doesn’t need to be “the best”. It’s the small things that count, and he is small, but full of importance. And to be honest, a kitten is much more practical and even more fun than a lion.
It’s a shame that most of us need to be in control of everything, even the future. If we were able to see the future in the local gypsy’s crystal ball*, there’d be no surprises, no wishes…we’d “kill the joke”. What’s ahead is supposed to be shrouded in mystery, not at everybody’s disposal. Just imagine the chaos and the madness that would occur if we’d all know when we would die.
There’d be no charm to life, no mystery, if you knew that everything that can happen to you would be good. Without a comparison we would never actually know what is truly best for us.
But a wise old man with his trusty cane could tell us that wisdom means being able to extract the beauty from the Show of an imperfect life. He experienced both good things and bad ones. He knows that fear and pain are just as important and meaningful as happiness and joy.
Life gives you many windows of opportunity that can make you shine, no matter who you are or how big you are. The important thing is keeping your eyes and soul open to be able to see these opportunities.
Acest eseu este castigatorul premiului special in cadrul 2011 Shakespeare School Essay Competition, grupa de varsta 11-14 ani, avand ca tema o descriere a unei lumi perfecte pornind de la 4 imagini sugestive. Premiul a constat intr-o taxa de examen Cambridge (PET, FCE, CAE), oferita de British Council, un curs intensiv de vara de limba engleza de 3 saptamani gratuit la Shakespeare School, un cadou surpriza din partea librariei Carturesti, un card de reducere oferit de Puma, un rucsac si multe alte surprize din partea Reprezentantei Comisiei Europene in Romania. Dorim sa il felicitam pe Tudor pentru faptul ca s-a evidentiat din peste 5100 de eseuri trimise la concursul national de creatie in limba engleza organizat de Shakespeare School si ii uram mult succes in continuare!