A lesson of perception

Sitting in a school lesson, I heard a number of students commenting on a fly that was buzzing around the room. At one point, a student exclaimed, “kill it”.

The statement caught my attention and I had to ask the class what gave any of them more of a right to life, than the fly.

“Nothing”, one of the students responded.

If we are all equal in the eyes of the creator, why do we respond so fiercely in defence of our space? How do children (aged 11) immediately turn to the notion of killing as normal? If there was a human in replace of the fly they would not have done.

Later in the same lesson a student looked up from a book and asked:

“Why are terrorists, terrorists?”

That sparked a great conversation, where these 11 year olds created numerous excuses for what they thought might result in such behaviour. Moving them away from blaming certain organisations or games or experiences, the truth was that if they were to put themselves in that situation, it would be THEIR decision to do acts of terror, and subsequently, make them a terrorist.

It reminded me of the notion of a moral compass. As the next generation, students should be made aware that their choices, their decisions, their actions will influence their fate and future. Rather than questioning the behaviour of others, to simply stop and question our own behaviour and how it may be altered for the better.

No-one is perfect (myself included), but my faith teaches me that my actions, speech and thoughts are being recorded for judgement, therefore I should be mindful of my behaviour. If each of us simply stopped and questioned our own actions, (while recognising that each brings with it its own consequences), perhaps we would alter the world around us, one person at a time.

Do we look outwards through a telescope, or recognise the mirror reflecting ourselves back to us?
Do we look outwards through a telescope, or recognise a mirror reflecting ourselves back?

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