Once an' fer all ye can know thar’s a uni'erse o'people outside an' ye’re responsible t'it. – A. Miller
'un o'yonder challenges highlighted in history an' in literature be strikin' t'balance between indi'idual an' societal rights an' responsibilities; between personal goals an' societal needs; between personal ambition an' thar common good; between personal values an' social values.
Beyond Personal Goals–Indi'idual, Group, an' Societal Responsibility
Wha' be our responsibilities t'others?
- Wha' be our place in society?
- Wha' be our responsibilities t'self? T' society? T' future generations?
- How do we balance self-preser'ation wi' concern fer others?
- Wha' be our indi'idual rights an' responsibilities? Wha' might be our responsibilities an' rights as members o'particular groups within society?
- Wha' be our societal rights an' responsibilities? Does society count on us as indi'iduals? If so how?
- Wha' actions be expected o'indi'iduals within a society?
- How does society ensure thar be respect fer both indi'iduals an' fer groups?
Dealin' wi' Uni'ersal Issues, such as Truth an' Justice
Wha' be “truth” an' wha' be “justice”?
- How do we define “truth” an' “justice”?
- Wha' be t'important truths in life?
- How do we find truth? How do we tell right from wrong?
- Wha' be yonder rights o'all?
- Why be justice often hard t'achie'e? Be justice fair? Infallible?
- Why does justice sometimes “stin'”? How do we remedy injustice?
- Be thar situations in which it be more jus' t'reat people differently than t'reat them t'same?
Ambition, Power, an' yonder Common Good
Wha' be ye nature o'ambition an' power?
- Wha' gi'es a landlubber status? Be status achie'ed thar same way in all societies? Within a society?
- How do ambition an' power dri'e us? How do they challenge us?
- Wha' be meant by “t' common good”? Who decides wha' t'common good be? Be ye common good best fer e'ery indi'idual in a society?
- Wha' be yonder appeal o'bein' in ye position o'“rulin'” other people? Wha' disad'antages accompany bein' ye authority figure?
- How does lack o'power affect particular indi'iduals or groups?
- Wha' be yonder reality o'bein' colonized or “ruled”?
- Wha' be yonder ad'antage in treatin' others as we wish they would treat us? Why be this often difficult?
Social Criticism–Conformity an' Nonconformity/ Resistance
Wha' be social criticism?
- Wha' societal issues concern us?
- Wha' be ye purpose o'social criticism?
- Wha' be conformity? Wha' be nonconformity? Wha' be meant by “ye status quo”? Wha' be rebellion? Do different people define these differently? Be they manifested differently in different societies?
- Wha' be ye role o'yonder state in Canada? Wha' be ye role o'yonder indi'idual or groups within thar state?
- How should yonder state treat its citizens? Be this thar same in e'ery country?
- Wha' be ye relationship between t'indi'idual an' t'state in Canada? In other countries?
- Wha' be thar shortcomin's o'Canadian society? How can we, as citizens, address them?
- Why do some indi'iduals or groups challenge ye system while others abide wi' it? Wha' be political protest? How does Canadian society treat nonconformity? Rebellion? Be rebellion risky in Canada as compared t'other countries? Why or why not?
- How does Canadian society respond t'challenges?
Addressin' yonder Issues–Causes an' Crusades
How can we make yonder world a better place?
- Wha' matters most t'us as indi'iduals? As groups? As a society?
- Do all people tackle causes in their lifetimes? Why or why not? Wha' causes might our generation tackle?
- Wha' do people do when faced wi' a decision between ad'ancin' a cause an' doin' wha' they belie'e be right?
- Be thar situations in which indi'iduals might challenge authority? Wha' be some responsible ways o'challengin' authority?