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100% Pure and Honest

As part of the Sophia Blackmore Leadership Programme, Mabel Liang from Secondary 3E delivered a speech on what it means to be 100% Pure and Honest. Purity and honesty can be demonstrated in our thoughts, speeches and actions. Mabel hopes that Fairsians can strive to exemplify these values and build a community where lasting relationships are forged. (This speech was delivered in July 2021 during morning assembly.) 

Mabel’s Speech

Good morning Ms Chen, Vice Principals, teachers and fellow Fairsians. I am Mabel Liang from Secondary 3E. As part of the Sophia Blackmore Leadership Programme, I will be sharing about our school theme for this year, which is 100% Pure and Honest. 

To start off, what does it mean to be 100% Pure and Honest? The word ‘pure’ refers to being righteous and untainted by immorality. Similarly, the word ‘honest’ suggests being truthful and sincere. 

You may be wondering if there is a relationship between these two words. Indeed, I think that in order for one to be pure, we need to be honest in our thoughts, deeds and actions. While our theme is ‘100% Pure and Honest’, can anyone truly be perfect and flawless? In reality, no one is perfect. All of us have flaws, so what is the point of inserting 100% in our school theme? Even though it seems impossible to achieve 100% in anything, especially in having pure and honest thoughts, I think it is about aspiring towards such an ideal. We might not be perfect human beings but we strive to become a better version of ourselves. 

Thus, I would like to share with you some ways that we can become purer and more honest. 

Firstly, to be purer, we can change our mindset. Our impure actions are a result of our impure hearts. To help you visualise, imagine a dirty cup. If we are striving to be pure with an impure heart, it is equivalent to washing only the outside of the cup but not cleaning the inside. The cup will still be dirty if it is not washed thoroughly. In our personal lives, it is about admitting our mistakes. For example, in our daily lives, we may detest someone. Nevertheless, I urge you to let go of this resentment. Be kind to them and bless them. Do not fight them and add fuel to the fire. By letting go of any ill feelings, this dirty cup will eventually become completely clean. 

Secondly, to be more honest, we can make time to reflect on our actions. We need to be honest with ourselves. We should ask ourselves if we have told any lies, why we did what we did, and how we can move on from here. Then we can learn from these mistakes and correct our habits and behaviour. For example, if we did not complete our homework, we should just admit it and not come up with excuses. After that, we should make the effort to write down the rest of our homework and submit them punctually in future. It is also important to be true to ourselves, and not try to impress others. The foundation of any friendship is always based on trust and honesty. 

In conclusion, I would like to challenge all of us to become a 100% Pure and Honest Fairsian! Thank you!