Thursday, 3 February 2011
Conviction comes from contrasts!!
All political views are part of the political debate!
No one can formulate personal political beliefs with any conviction without understanding the arguments of those who disagree. Each political position has something to teach us.
Teachers must present various political positions and invite all students to share their ideas and opinions, giving voice to all points of view and encourage lively class discussion!
In a sermon he gave in 1968, the Reverend Martin Luther King put it this way:
"Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don't have to know Einstein's theory of relativity to serve. You don't have to know the second theory of thermal dynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love, and you can be that servant."
We are all members of a single human community and we are sharing one universe. Some people are struggling to find the moral direction that some people think of as God and others conceive in terms of Justice.
In order to make our society a better place, we need to recognise that we are all connected. Teachers need to encourage students to think about their connections to others, nudging students toward an ethic service.
Serving others is the most important and most worthy activity for any human being.