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Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good. Mahatma Gandhi
Counterclaim: Gandhi has a strong point here. But is non-cooperation with evil really equal in value to cooperation with good? It would be easy to sit around and think of all of the evil people in the world that you choose to ignore, or the evil things people do which you choose not to participate in. On a very basic level, that helps the world become less of an evil place because you aren’t taking part. But it seems that actually going on and doing good things may have an even greater impact, since you are adding more tangible happiness and goodness to the world. You are being a role model for others.
Lurking inside this conversation over Gandhi’s quote is a timeless essential question tied to morality:
Essential Question: Which carries more moral value– not participating in evil or participating in doing good?
Think of different opportunities in your curriculum where you can encourage students to think about their own moral decisions and compare those decisions with characters in novels or historical figures who faced similar challenges.
(See previous post featuring Mahatma Gandhi and the theme of forgiveness)