topic five – caring for our
We each make choices about how we lead our lives. These can be
made solely with ourselves in mind or we can choose to think for
and respect the people with whom we live and associate.
The choices we make as individuals are multiplied and create the
kind of society in which we live. The results therefore can also
decide how the earth's resources are shared. Are they used for our
need or our greed? Many people believe that there is enough in the
world for everyone to have a decent standard of living, but partly
because of the selfishness of the affluent nations, millions in
the rest of the world live on a starvation diet. Does our respect
for others lead us to do something about this, even if only in a
The activities offered concentrate on three aspects of this theme.
Let the class individually find the correct route through the maze
on worksheet 8 page 27 Maze
and carry out the other instructions there. You will notice that
only the route which has consistent positive behaviour is the one
which takes the traveller successfully from START to FINISH. This
exercise could be brought down to reality by creating a Class Charter,
stating what they will and will not do in the future to show respect
for people and the world around them.
Creation of posters and/or a board game based on
"There is enough in the world for everyone's need but not
for their greed; if everyone cared enough and everyone shared
enough, everyone would have enough."
In order to do either activity the class will need to examine this
statement and see what it means in practical terms for them and
On resource sheet 7 page 30 From
the scriptures you will find some quotations from religious
writings which could help with the above activities. There is an
opportunity here for further research into beliefs concerning the
right relationship between human beings and their creator. Such
a relationship can lead to greater respect and care for the world.