the world as i see it
how strange is the lot of us mortals! each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose be knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. but without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people -first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy.
a hundred times every day i remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that i must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as i have received and am still receiving. i am strongly drawn to a frugal life and am often oppressively aware that i am engrossing an undue amount of the labor of my fellow-men. regard class distinction as unjustified and, in the last resort, based on force. i also believe that a simple and unassuming life is good for everybody, physically and mentally.
my passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. i am truly a "lone traveler" and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friend, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, i have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude-feelings which increase with the years. one becomes sharply aware, but without regret of the limits of mutual understanding and consonance with other people. no doubt, such a person loses some of his innocence and unconcern; on the other hand, he is largely independent, of the opinions, habits, and judgments of his fellows and avoids the temptation to build his inner equilibrium upon such insecure foundations.
wedding in the united states
weddings in the united states vary as much as the people do. there are church weddings witha great deal of fanfare; there are weddings on mountaintops with guests barefooted; and therehave been weddings on the ocean floor with oxygen tanks for the guests. but many weddings,no matter where or how they are performed，include certain traditional customs.
before a couple is married, they become engaged. and then invitations are sent to those wholive nearby, their close friends and their relatives who live far away. when everything is ready,then comes the most exciting moment.
the wedding itself usually lasts between 20 and 40 minutes. the wedding party enters thechurch while the wedding march is played. the bride carrying a bouquet enters last with herfather who will "give her away". the groom enters the church from a side door. when thewedding party is gathered by the altar, the bride and groom exchange vow. it is traditionalto use the words "to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer,for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part". following thevows, the couple exchange rings. wearing the wedding ring on the fourth finger of the lefthand is an old custom.
婚礼本身通常进行 20至 40分钟。婚礼一行人伴着结婚进行曲进入教堂。新娘手持一束鲜花和她的父亲最后进来，父亲要把她交给新郎。而新郎则要从侧门进入教堂。当婚礼一行人聚集到教堂的祭坛前时，新娘和新郎互相表达誓言。常用的结婚誓言是而今而后，不论境遇好坏，家境贫富，生病与否，誓言相亲相爱，至死不分离。"宣誓过后，二人交换戒指。通常把戒指戴在左手无名指上，这是一个古老的风俗。
after the ceremony there is often a party, called a "reception" which gives the wedding guestsan opportunity to congratulate the newlywed.
the car in which the couple leaves the church is decorated with balloons, streamer and shavingcream. the words "just married" are painted on the trunk or back window. the bride andgroom run to the car under a shower of rice thrown by the wedding guests. when the coupledrives away from the church, friends often chase them in cars, honking and drawing attentionto them. and then the couple go on their honeymoon.
thanksgiving day is the most truly american of the national holidays in the united stales and ismost closely connected with the earliest history of the country.
in 1620, the settlers, or pilgrims, they sailed to america on the may flower, seeking a placewhere they could have freedom of worship. after a tempestuous two-month voyage theylanded at an icy november, what is now plymouth, massachusetts.
during their first winter, over half of the settlers died of starvation or epidemics. those whosurvived began sowing in the first spring. all summer long they waited for the harvests withgreat anxiety, knowing that their lives and the future existence of the colony depended on thecoming harvest. finally the fields produced a yield rich beyond expectations. and therefore itwas decided that a day of thanksgiving to the lord be fixed. years later, president of the unitedstates proclaimed the fourth thursday of november as thanksgiving day every y-ear thecelebration of thanksgiving day has been observed on that dale until today.
the pattern of the thanksgiving celebration has never changed through the years. the bigfamily dinner is planned months ahead. on the dinner table, people will find apples, oranges,chestnuts, walnuts and grapes. there will be plum pudding, mince pie, other varieties of foodand cranberry juice and squash the best and most attractive among them are roast turkeyand pumpkin pie. they have been the most traditional and favorite food on thanksgiving daythroughout the years.
thanksgiving today is, in every sense， a national annual holiday on which americans of allfaiths and backgrounds join in to express their thanks for the year's bounty and reverentlyask for continued blessings.