This is the transcript of my recent speech for the public speaking test. It's about how devastating a war can be, and I reinforce my point by showing the effect and causes. Forgive the grammar and structural mistake, because I made this in only one night. My earlier plan was to give a speech about the myth behind video game's violence, but later I found that there's no solid argument to consolidate my point.
And I think that last minute change of plan was the right thing to do. The next day, there was another person which came out with the video game's topic. Feww
What is your greatest fear? Being rejected? The insects? Your grade? After all, fear is an essence in humans’ life. We all bound to be afraid of something. As for me, I afraid of the future. We don’t know what lies ahead. We lived for yesterday, live for today but uncertain of tomorrow. The human species is malevolent in nature. They’re savages. They kill each other and destroy the nature. Albeit religion promotes peace and do good deeds to other people, the various kind of this ideology create a new problem: war in the name of religion. But to put the blame solely on religion is just unfair. War is also erupting amongst the people of same race and religion. What is the cause of war? The inability to accept a common understanding.
As a representative of UN, I’m obliged to campaign against war. And today, I’m going to give a speech titled: War is not the viable alternatives to promote peace
I believe we don’t need to fight fire with fire. There is always a way to resolve conflicts other than military confrontation.
Because war bring a lot of consequences.
So let’s take a look at the first effect of wars.
War significantly depopulates man. Do you have grandparents or father who served in the army during the Japanese Invasion?
Imagine the torment of losing the one you loved in wars.
In World War 1, 38 million people died. This war was started by Germany after their Duke was assassinated.
World War 2 was the deadliest military conflict with death toll of 60 million. It happened because Germany was severely affected by the World War 1. They had to pay for the war debt, unemployment was very high and Hitler’s ambition for world domination.
The cold war between USA and Soviet Union never resort to military engagement. But they both indirectly fought each other in Vietnam. Vietnam War will forever be remembered in American’s history as one of the bloodiest war with both sides losing 6 million live
The effect of these is ruinous, especially to the war Veterans. They survived the war, but they still fighting with emotional breakdown and suffered from Post traumatic disorder. The fact that they killed many young men in battlefield will forever accompanied throughout their whole life.
In war, millions of men are sent to fight. The effect can be seen today. We have less male to female ratio. Because male were killed and there only left the woman. This will create an imbalance in composition on long term.
As we have been legally allowed to kill each other in war, there will grow a sentiment of pessimism whether human’s species can continue to survive.
Are we not much different than the people 1000 years ago? Will we destroy each other and see the end is coming? Some question remains unanswered.
Ladies and gentleman, to fight war we need soldiers. These soldiers need an armada to support them. This is a huge expenditure.
APC, tank, fighter jets are all cost money.
During war, lot of money is poured to buy all of these things. Commodities such as fuel are wasted. Isn’t it better if we spend all those money on research and development to make us understands our world better? And the war, more money is needed to rebuild a ruined nation. This includes houses, airport, buildings and roads that were destroyed in war.
The results of this huge expenditure are the inevitable economic depression and financial crisis.
In World War 1, Germany lost and was forced to pay huge sum of ‘war debt’. The Russia involvement in World War 1 severely affected their economy and somehow contributed to the Russia Revolution 1917.
In this modern world, the two costly wars on Iraq and Afghanistan had burnt a hole in USA’s pocket. They’re now is in crisis, and around the world will also be affected. It’s all a chain reaction of domino effect.
The last effect of war I want to talk about is it greatly demolishes landscape, structure and productivity in the involving’s nation.
Take an example of the two nuclear atoms dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It turned these cities into rubble in just few seconds.
Firing of cannon, artillery and spraying chemical weapon is polluting the environment.
It is estimated that 70% of productivity were lost during the course of World War 2. Imagine how much we’ve lost. It’s mesmerizing to think about.
The effects of war can be seen in soil infertility. Crops can’t be planted and water is contaminated. For the nuclear bomb victim, the gamma radiation mutating the gene of their offspring. A lot of historical artefacts, monuments and building all were lost, stolen or destroyed. What we want to show to our future generation?
Ladies and gentleman. We’ve seen how devastating the war is. Let’s recall all the effects that I’ve stressed.
War caused devastating effects in our life. It depopulates the nation, halt economic growth and create a lot of problems. We must find a way to avert war and solve conflicts through reasoning and find a mutual understanding amongst people of different ideology, race, ethnics and religion. Before I end my speech, I want to quote French Clergyman, Francois Fenelon “All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers”