Lesson 11 – Being fair, contributes to unity & harmony
We know that all the peoples of the world are meant to live in unity as one family. In a family, everyone is treated with fairness. We learn to find ways to work together for everyone’s benefit. The well-being of every member is connected to the well-being of the family as a whole. Should harm come to one member, all are affected. Similarly , we should be fair in our dealings with all those who cross our path, never taking advantage of anyone. We strive to show forth such fairness and justice in our daily lives that we become worthy of the trust and confidence of our fellow human beings. (Introduction from the Ruhi Curriculum, lesson 11, Set 4, Grade 2)
We used an activity from the Australian Peace Pack to supplement today’s lesson. Using the quote by Bahá’u’lláh:
“Be vigilant, that ye may not do injustice to anyone, be it to the extent of a grain of mustard seed.”
…we created a beautiful little piece of art – with a nest made of tissue paper, and a tiny mustard seed stuck in the middle of it. So tiny in fact, that we lost several of them until we managed to tape one into the centre of our ‘nests’. It definitely helped visualise that we have to be fair at all times, and can’t let injustice happen – even though it might only be to the extent of a grain of mustard!
For drama, we started out with warm up exercises and some playing with out voices – using the expression ‘Oh!’ in lots of different ways: as if someone had stepped on our foot; as if we’re sleepy; as if someone is giving us a present; etc…. there were some amazing sounds coming out of the children! 🙂
The scenario we enacted was based on the harvest story – the villagers have to harvest all their fruit, as big storm is supposed to come, just as they set out, the teacher approaches them, saying he needs help with fixing the school’s roof, as last time there was a storm all the books got wet. The villagers decide that some should go and help fix the roof. Then this scenario plays out in two different ways – in the evening when everyone is back from picking fruit/fixing the roof, the people who picked the fruit first don’t want to share them with everyone. In the second setting, they decide that since everyone has done something for the village they should share all the food and have a big feast.
There’s been some great acting and very creative use of props (I think it was a couple of yoga mats that were used for fixing that roof …) Well done everyone!
See you all next week, when we’ll look at another aspect of living in harmony – through co-operation.