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Finally we will have a GCSE question that we will look at briefly & review what we have learnt and answer that question fully next lesson. Suffering A review of what we learnt last lesson. 1.2.
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Finally we will have a GCSE question that we will look at briefly & review what we have learnt and answer that question fully next lesson.
A review of what we learnt last lesson. 1.2
The difference between suffering caused by a natural disaster & suffering caused by human action.
The concept of free will in people. You decide what to do
The idea that suffering could be explained by a religious view
LINK SUFFERING images to ideas & concepts.
A visual & Kinaesthetic exercise.
Can you explain what is happening in the picture & can you link some of the key words to the pictures provided.
Acquisition Absorption phase/ 2.1 (VARK)
Why does suffering exist & can we find a sufficient explanation for it? 1.4
Racist violence( lynching), Holocaust a concentration camp, Starvation, Cancer from smoking Bird Flu,Ethnic cleansing Rwanda, Symbol of the Nazi regime, natural disasters & Yellow Star symbol of oppression.
Voluntary Suffering, Involuntary suffering,Natural suffering, Suffering linked to free will.
Soul making Prejudice
3. 4 Opportunity for students to develop their own questions.
Which words would you be able to use
IT IS NOT INTENTIONAL TO UPSET YOU IT IS INTENTIONAL YOU UNDERSTAND SUFFERING EMOTIONALLY & WITH YOUR ABILITY TO HAVE EMPATHY
I MUST BE SENSITIVE TO ALL ISSUES SO I WILL BE CAREFUL..
SOME IMAGES ARE UPSETTING
In the World the number of people who have suffered greatly is immense. Millions do suffer. (A child dies every three seconds from malnutrition & neglect.) We struggle to find meaning to the feelings that suffering brings. So many take comfort in a religious interpretation. An example might be..
That somehow it makes sense because the person who died, will become an angel or say God loved them so much he wanted them to go & be with him in heaven.
An example of suffering.
Here we will see some photographs of the holocaust.
How did people suffer?
The start of …the suffering
A sense of being superior?
This was because she was indoctrinated to believe that the Jews were inferior.
Inhuman treatment..Shown by putting people in cattle trucks. The suffering was to deprive them of air, and hygiene, and food.
The stealing of their possessions…This removal of people’s rights caused suffering by depriving them of their property. It was of no consequence because they were already dead in most cases.
Here the Jews themselves eased the suffering of the victims by poisoning them first before the soldiers reached the hospital. The patients were dead before the soldiers could shoot them.
Create your own questions as a response to the understanding that you now have?
As you see these pictures can you think of the questions that you could ask?
Here Hitler created the Death camps
in his Final Solution.
“If God is all loving….then how can he allow evil & suffering?”
A little girl in a red coat was seen walking among the crowd during the liquidation of the ghetto. This small innocent girl causes sympathy and sorrow. She a humble innocent caught up in men’s madness.
The Nazi machine murdered thousands of Jews during the Second world War. Here a poor worker is executed for making a mistake.
The Commandant of the camp looks at the Jewish inmates to see who to shoot for his amusement.
The commandant takes aim each morning to execute anyone who displeased him.
How do you understand it? If so how?
Is there a point to suffering?
For the better or for the worse?
Are you able to understand suffering at all?
If we did not know them should we be bothered to be sad?
The Crematoria A building built to allow suffering …A place with memories that no one can describe.
Some weeks later Oscar Schindler sees the little girl again this time dead on a cart…. He was utterly changed to become a saviour of the Jews.He felt compassion and love
We see that members of our family grow old and suffer. We are humbled by this experience. We want to avoid suffering. Yet we know that for all of us it is inevitable. Our loved ones will die. We will all experience it one day.
We can love those who need our help and offer care. Sometimes we can all suffer disappointment. We would like thiongs to be the same and be special. Love ends. Joy ends. Life ends. Hope ends. It is just the way it is. Suffering may just be an inevitable part of our existence. We cannot blame God or fight it. How ever you want to explain it . It is there night and day. We have to live with it. Some religious interpretation of suffering seems unfair. Others seem to be judgemental.
Look at this picture and see if now you can mind map or just create simple responses that look for meaning. An example is done for you after this picture.
What explanation can we give for this cruelty?
Did God allow this?
Did God know that this was going to happen?
Did God care that it happened?
Could God have prevented this?
If God could have prevented this ands chose not to then what sort of God is that?
Do we need to hope that those who did this will be punished in the next life?
Does it have to be this bad. Why can’t there be a limit to suffering.
Can we ever imagine how much suffering tookplace here?