Values for Americans
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One of the most basic moral values for Americans is honesty. The well-known legend about George Washington and the cherry tree teaches this value clearly. Little George cut down his father's favorite cherry tree while trying out his new hatchet1. When his father asked him about it, George said, "I cannot tell a lie. I did it with my hatchet." Instead of punishment, George received praise for telling the truth. Sometimes American honesty–being open and direct–can offend people. But Americans still believe that "honesty is the best policy."
 
Another virtue2 Americans respect is perseverance3. Remember Aesop's fable4 about the turtle and the rabbit that had a race? The rabbit thought he could win easily, so he took a nap. But the turtle finally won because he did not give up. Another story tells of a little train that had to climb a steep hill. The hill was so steep that the little train had a hard time trying to get over it. But the train just kept pulling, all the while saying, "I think I can, I think I can." At last, the train was over the top of the hill. "I thought I could, I thought I could," chugged the happy little train.
 
Compassion5 may be the queen of American virtues6. The story of "The Good Samaritan" from the Bible describes a man who showed compassion. On his way to a certain city, a Samaritan man found a poor traveler lying on the road. The traveler had been beaten and robbed. The kind Samaritan, instead of just passing by, stopped to help this person in need.
 
Compassion can even turn into a positive cycle. In fall 1992, people in Iowa sent truckloads of water to help Floridians hit by a hurricane. The next summer, during the Midwest flooding, Florida returned the favor. In less dramatic ways, millions of Americans are quietly passing along the kindnesses shown to them.


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1 hatchet Dd0zr     
n.短柄小斧;v.扼杀
参考例句:
  1. I shall have to take a hatchet to that stump.我得用一把短柄斧来劈这树桩。
  2. Do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with a hatchet.别用斧头拍打朋友额头上的苍蝇。
2 virtue BpqyH     
n.德行,美德;贞操;优点;功效,效力
参考例句:
  1. He was considered to be a paragon of virtue.他被认为是品德尽善尽美的典范。
  2. You need to decorate your mind with virtue.你应该用德行美化心灵。
3 perseverance oMaxH     
n.坚持不懈,不屈不挠
参考例句:
  1. It may take some perseverance to find the right people.要找到合适的人也许需要有点锲而不舍的精神。
  2. Perseverance leads to success.有恒心就能胜利。
4 fable CzRyn     
n.寓言;童话;神话
参考例句:
  1. The fable is given on the next page. 这篇寓言登在下一页上。
  2. He had some motive in telling this fable. 他讲这寓言故事是有用意的。
5 compassion 3q2zZ     
n.同情,怜悯
参考例句:
  1. He could not help having compassion for the poor creature.他情不自禁地怜悯起那个可怜的人来。
  2. Her heart was filled with compassion for the motherless children.她对于没有母亲的孩子们充满了怜悯心。
6 virtues cd5228c842b227ac02d36dd986c5cd53     
美德( virtue的名词复数 ); 德行; 优点; 长处
参考例句:
  1. Doctors often extol the virtues of eating less fat. 医生常常宣扬少吃脂肪的好处。
  2. She delivered a homily on the virtues of family life. 她进行了一场家庭生活美德方面的说教。
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