Moral Dilemmas


Hi Everyone,

Related imageToday is a perfect spring day here in Boston! The Swan Boats are back in the lagoon at the Public Garden, and everything seems to be in bloom!

We started off with a discussion of moral dilemmas and thought about “what would we do” in certain situations. Our responses can be verbal as well as showing facial or body expressions. We got into pairs and asked ourselves and then our partner to answer what would you do in some hypothetical situations.

Next we looked at the saying “two wrongs do not make a right” which means if somebody does something bad to you, it will not make things ok if you do something bad to them in return. We talked about some examples – when your partner cheats on you, you cheat on your partner (two wrongs do not make a right). 

Then we talked about how we would react to this situation and what would we do : You are coming home after a hard day at work when you are held up at knife point by a teenager. Well, naturally, some of us said we would run, and some said they would try to calm the teenager down and talk with him. It’s a tricky situation! 

This situation happened to Julio Diaz, a social worked in New York, and he tells his story here:

After watching we discussed Julio’s reaction, and why did he act the way he did? What was he trying to accomplish? He showed bravery and understanding and compassion for his attacker and took a chance. We used adjectives to describe the characters of  Julio and the teenager. Julio showed empathy over fear, and hopefully, he had an impact on the teenager. We discussed Julio’s quote at the end of  his story “You know, I figure, you treat people right, you can only hope that they treat you right. It’s a simple as it gets in this complicated world.”

Lastly, we talked about all the slang and expressions used by Julio – “you know”, “I’m like”, “man”, and lots more. This is commonly used in English conversations, and sometimes can be confusing!

This Sunday, the second Sunday in May, is Mother’s Day! It is celebrated in many countries and there are lots of different dates and origins of the celebration.

Anna Jarvis (1864-1948)

In the United States the celebration was founded by Anna Jarvis and to listen to the history of Mother’s Day in America and learn more about Anna Jarvis ,click here.

Today this is a $16 billion industry, and much to the dismay of Anna Jarvis, it continues to profit card and candy companies, florists and restaurants, and just about anyone else who wants to commercialize Mother’s Day. A far cry from the original intent of the celebration, just gimme a day of rest!!!Image result for mothers day

Words of the day:

headache (noun) : an ache or pain in the head : a difficult or annoying situation or problem                        Most students feel that final exams are a real headache, and everyone is glad when they are over!

garage sale (noun) : {mainly U.S.} a sale of used furniture, clothing, etc., held at the seller’s home                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Our neighbors had a huge garage sale after they sold their home.

reminisce (verb) : to talk, think, or write about things that happened in the past                                                  Her father often reminisces about his grandparents when they lived in Italy.

Remember to relax and practice!