- What made them act? What was the result?
Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder.
You can interpret Rumi’s statement in a drawing, write about it or compose a song based on it.
Do a brainstorming exercise for statements or sayings that you have heard which reflect the humanitarian point of view. Explain how each saying is linked with the humanitarian point of view.
[For instance, when an EHL student proposed "Monkey see, monkey do," classmates justified its inclusion on the grounds that people follow other people's example, and that goes for humanitarian behaviour as well as any other type of behaviour.]
Collect (from your family and other sources) traditional sayings that reflect the humanitarian point of view. Collaborate on a booklet or collage made up of the sayings.
Instead of seeking vengeance, set a good example.
— a student from Djibouti
Mercy holds the world together.
— a student from Thailand
A Hadith by the Prophet says: Whoever of you sees an unjust act should intervene to change it by hand, if he cannot then by his tongue, and if he cannot then with his heart and this is the minimum.
— a student from Egypt
Even a hunter cannot kill a bird that comes to him for refuge.
— Japanese proverb
Analyse the impact of bystanders on the protection of life or human dignity.
Choose one of the following acts and construct a chain of consequences:
- An act you did as a bystander on behalf of someone else
- An act someone else did as a bystander