Step One- Quote: Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good. Mahatma Gandhi
SEL Connection-Think about the opportunities students have each day to intervene or not intervene situations when somebody is doing something wrong in broad daylight. It could be a student bullying another or cheating on a test, or even just criticizing somebody for no good reason. In all of these cases there are spectators who must decide if they should intervene. School is a moral battleground of good versus evil and our students are the core actors and actresses in this drama.
Claim: Most of the time moral goodness is seen as something we attain by direct action and cooperation. Gandhi makes an interesting remark here. We have an equal moral duty to not cooperate in the service of evil. This takes strength of character to be sure. History is replete with examples. Consider the soldiers in Nazi Germany who folded under the pressure of their superiors and carried out inhumane orders against prisoners as just one example of people falling short of this ideal.
Next Post– Steps Two and Three: Read on as we transform the theme of moral obligation into an essential question.
(See previous post featuring Mahatma Gandhi and the theme of forgiveness)