Focus on Solving the Immediate Problems of Today

In general, I agree with the speaker's assertion that problems of today usually need more urgent focus than the problems of the future. It is true that the anticipated problems should never be ignored. However, immediate problems are more important and thus need more attention.

One reason for my fundamental agreement with the speaker is that the future is based on the present. If one government does not pay enough attention to the current problems, it may suffer from crisis and even collapsing the future. It is impossible for such country to solve any long-term problems. Consider the example of the former Soviet Union, which take participation in the arms race of Star Wars against U.S. in the last century. The former Soviet Union focused too much on the future problem – maintaining the same military strength against U.S. However, it failed to face the immediate problems, i.e. the economic problem, which leaded it to collapse. Thus, the accumulation of urgent problems may really destroy the ability of a government to solve the anticipated problems of the future.

Another reason why I essentially agree with that speaker is that it is more efficient to solve immediate problems. It will be certainly better for the government to settle it at the beginning. For instance, the environment problem: When the government just faces this problem, one can control such problem easily by common methods like reducing the pollution, limiting the use of energy. However, if this problem is ignored for some time, and some serious consequence -- such as desertification, soil contamination -- has already been occurred, one could never resolve it without enormous money and time. Some other situations are similar, like crime problem, economic crisis.

Having recognized that urgent problems need more attention, the government should nevertheless also concern the future problems. Still take the example of environment problem. As an immediate problem, the government may need to take...