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Taking It Home, Session 9: Right and Wrong

In "Riddle and Mystery," a Tapestry of Faith program

I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after. — Ernest Hemingway

There must always be a remedy for wrong and injustice if we only know how to find it. — Ida B. Wells

Talk about the quotes. Do you agree with them?


Today's Big Question asks, "How can I tell right from wrong?" We talked about what we should do in some difficult situations, and heard a story about a monk who condemned himself for stealing. Our WCUU broadcast talked about how we can feed our consciences with UU Principles and other guidelines. In WIT Time, we talked about where to get help when we need to make difficult decisions.


Read a newspaper together, or watch the news on television or the Internet. Talk about things that people did wrong and that people did right. How do you know which is which? Is it always clear?


Watch the concert version of the musical Les Miserables. It tells the story of what happens to Jean Valjean after he is imprisoned for stealing bread to feed his starving family. The musical is based on the novel Les Miserables by the French author Victor Hugo. The story raises many interesting questions about right and wrong. An example: Is it wrong to steal in order to save a starving family?


Abraham Lincoln said: "When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion." Do you feel the same way? Do you think other people agree? What is the best way to know if you did something good or bad?


Photograph something that makes you think of right and wrong. Maybe it will be connected to courts and crime; maybe something to do with the environment.


Can your family find ways to eat more ethically? Are you happy with the rights and wrongs of the food you buy and eat? Have you been meaning to make a change you can think about now?

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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