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An Inquiry Into Your Beliefs



What do you understand to be true?




HOW DO YOU SEE THE WORLD AND THE WAY SOCIETIES ARE STRUCTURED?


This is a form you might like to complete, then review again in the future after you have visited the School a number of times and have explored the materials provided here. Then ask yourself, "has my thinking changed because of my readings from the School's library?"

What follows is an exercise I often use with students to open discussion on the subject of what constitutes the truly just society and whether there are any societies in existence that meet the standards the student believes are necessary for a society to be just.

From the list of countries provided, rank each country on a scale of "zero" to "ten" based on your perception of the extent to which justice exists ("zero" means you believe there is no justice; "ten" means you believe there is total justice).
Argentina Australia Brazil Canada Denmark
Egypt Japan Kuwait Liberia Norway
Poland Russia Switzerland Turkey United States
What are some of the characteristics you would expect to find in a society where there is a high degree of justice?
full employment? health care for all? the opportunity for schooling? good and plentiful food for all?
time for civic involvement? time to spend with family and in leisure? well-paying jobs for all willing to work? a low rate of crime?
a clean environment, with wise use of natural resources? a low rate of drug addiction and alcoholism? communities, where people are able to live, work and play in safety? stable prices for goods and services?
low population growth, with smaller families? a low rate of infant mortality? little or no abuse -- mental or physical -- of children or spouses? a long average lifespan?
Here are some important concepts to think about. As a start, try writing down your own definition of the terms below.
HUMAN RIGHTS


privilege


LIBERTY


freedom


EQUALITY


monopoly


WEALTH