In 1989 an 8.2 earthquake almost flattened America, killing over 30,000 people in less than four minutes. In the midst of utter devastation and chaos, a father left his wife safely at home and rushed to the school where his son was supposed to be, only to discover that the building was as flat as a pancake.
After the unforgettably initial shock, he remembered the promise he had made to his son: "No matter what, I’ll always be there for you!" And tears began to fill his eyes. As he looked at the pile of ruins that once was the school, it looked hopeless, but he kept remembering his commitment to his son.
He began to direct his attention towards where he walked his son to class at school each morning. Remembering his son s classroom would be in the back right corner of the building; he rushed there and started digging through the ruins.
Talking in the cartoon are two man, whoare a boy and his father. The boy is worried about the expectable impacts thedisposal of the nuclear waste may cause, while his father is telling him thatwhat matters now should be emptying the dustbin in front of them。
As he was digging, other helpless parents arrived, clutching their hearts, saying: "My son!" "My daughter!" Other well meaning parents tried to pull him off what was left of the school, saying: "It s too late! They’re all dead! You can’t help! Go home! Come on, face reality, there s nothing you can do!"
It is the profoundimplication beneath the surface of this simple and sarcastic drawing that oughtto be taken into account: one who can cope with small tasks first can thenundertake something big. Taking a look around, we can easily find some studentsdreaming of their brilliant future but unwilling to attend classes or to dohomework, some netizens worried about the fate of our nation but refusing tobetter themselves first, some officials claiming their determinations in makingour society a better place but reluctant to give up parts of their owninterests. Such phenomena collectively reflect the fact that some moderncitizens, especially a number of young people, lack the spirit of "thinkbig, down to earth". This can be chiefly due to the fact that these peopleare so lazy and blind that they are only in want of a fruitful outcome butnever make any efforts. As a famous saying goes, you reap what you sow. Thosewho wants to fly but forget the power of the gravity will be sure to fall downon the ground and hurt badly as a result。
To each parent he responded with one line: "Are you going to help me now?" And then he continued to dig for his son, stone by stone. The fire chief showed up and tried to pull him off the school s ruins saying, "Fires are breaking out, explosions are happening everywhere. You’re in danger. We’ll take care of it. Go home." To which this loving, caring American father asked, "Are you going to help me now?"