topic three – one to one (continued)
to the teacher
Young people today often have a distorted view of love. For many
it is simply equated with sex. There is more take than give, leading
to the exploitation of others for their own satisfaction, though
they may not recognise it as such.
Frequent concern is expressed about the pollution of our atmosphere
and our water. The idea of purity in personal relationships is seldom,
if ever, discussed as either a possible or desirable means of reducing
the risk of life-endangering disease, mental instability or simply
This topic is therefore putting forward for consideration the proposal
that the application of purity in relationships has much in its
favour. One dictionary describes purity as 'freedom from physical
or moral pollution'. Many people have discovered that it not only
prevents harm but also frees from self-absorption and helps in the
creation of deeper and more lasting relationships.
Sex in itself is not impure. However, long-term relationships built
between people who have not been sexually promiscuous and are faithful
to each other have a strength which can hold them together when
things get tough.
On resource sheet 1 (page 11) 100%
pure – no additives are some statements drawn up
by a doctor in consultation with people of different professions
and faiths who work closely with young people.
Give the pupils worksheet 3 (page 9)
All I want is love.
Ask them to answer questions 1 -4.
When these are complete hold an open class discussion, starting
with their answers on the worksheet.