topic five – right and wrong
to the teacher
This activity should lead the pupils to a deeper understanding
of the moral law which underlies much of our culture and ensures
the freedom with responsibility which is enjoyed in a democracy.
The quotations below which are used for this topic are taken from
a book by C.S. Lewis in which he says that such phrases or accusations
can quite often start a quarrel because each person is trying to
prove he/she is in the right and that the other is wrong.
"It looks," he says, "very much as if both parties
had in mind some law, or rule of fair play or decent behaviour or
morality or whatever you like to call it, about which they really
agreed. And they have. If they had not they might, of course, fight
like animals, but they could not quarrel in the human sense of the
word. Quarrelling means trying to show the other man is wrong. And
there would be no point in doing that unless you and he had some
sort of agreement as to what Right and Wrong are; just as there
would be no sense in saying that a footballer had committed a foul
unless there was some agreement about the rules of football."
Without any previous discussion, give each of the following phrases
to a group or in pairs and ask them to create a scene around it.
It would be best to leave comment until the end of all the scenes.
• 'How'd you like it if someone did the same to you?'
• 'That's my seat, I was there first.'
• 'Leave him alone, he isn't doing you any harm.'
• 'Why should you shove in first?'
• 'Give me a bit of your orange; I gave you a bit of mine.'
• 'Come on, you promised.'
OR read the passage from C.S. Lewis Fair
Play (resource sheet 3 - page