Interested in Language
One of the most powerful driving forces behind recycling is
the threat of legislation that would require companies
to take more responsibility for the disposal of their products.
Question: Originally I think threat is used inappropriately, but I cannot ascertain it.
Then I looked up the word, please see
1) His presence is a threat to our success.
2) The threat of an economic depression hangs over the world.
3） Pollution poses a threat to the continued existence of this species.
4） There was a threat of typhoon.
In my understanding, ''his presence", ''"economic depression", "pollution'' and ''typhoon''
are all not good things, but ''legislation"', in my eye, is a good thing that is an emblem of righteousness,
so the word threat should be replaced by "stateliness" or "majesty". Is my understanding right?
Dear teachers, sincere thanks!!!
If I were a tobacco grower, I would regard any suggestion that smoking should be banned completely as a terrible threat.
'Stateliness' and 'majesty' are not words that I would ever use about legislation. Have you looked these words up in a dictionary?
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Even if you were educated in China, you should still be able to understand that government is, at its heart, force.
"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." - George Washington
In a company, I ever said to one colleague, "we China had entered WTO for many years, thus we ought to
change dictatorial system and accept democracy, a more advanced system, because we China has so many people."
He immediately responsed, "just because there are so many people in China, China is unnecessary to accept
democracy , and China is just the world!!!"
Hehe Of course, I know his words are too exaggerated.
To speak frankly, genuine freedom and democracy are too precious things for Chinese. But if Chinese don't rebel,
they cannot get them for ever. Meanwhile in the soil of obedience, there is maybe only dictatorial system that can
germinate and blossom out.
I guess that Chinese creativity will be genuinely activated when the soil is changed.