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In "Virtue Ethics," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants identify positive and negative aspects of the virtue of respect.
Invite youth to sit for a moment and think about "respect" as a virtue. These prompts might be useful:
Invite youth to share their reflections, with statements that begin "On the positive side... " or "On the negative side... ." For example, "On the positive side, people who are widely respected can use their power for good causes, as with rock stars who promote charities;" "On the negative side, society tends to put people on a pedestal when they earn a great deal of respect and this can backfire, such as when a politician commits an act of corruption." Another example: "On the positive side, we may feel like a good person if we respect our elders; on the negative side, if an elder treats others disrespectfully, we may not hold them accountable for their behavior because we do not want to disrespect an elder." If youth offer observations about respect that are neither clearly positive nor clearly negative, process these as a group.
Make sure the discussion includes these points:
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Last updated on Thursday, March 15, 2012.
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