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The origins of our sense of right and wrong, Sofia D and Tingkai H, year 7

“Often we are advised to do the right thing, but how do we know what is right and what is wrong? Being right can mean knowing the answer to a maths question, but being morally right is a different concept altogether. From the start of our lives we have been told, taught and shown what is (morally) correct. Through religion, education and opinion, our minds have been influenced to judge right from wrong without thought. Maybe what we think is right may seem wrong to others. For example: many atheists will disagree with religious views which state right and wrong whilst I may disagree with what my teachers and parents say. What is right, what is wrong?”

“In life, we all have to make decisions, whether they are right decisions or wrong decisions depends on the circumstances, time, place and even your frame of mind and emotion at that moment. However, there are many basic notions of what is right versus what is wrong. This basic understanding of what right and wrong is common across all cultures, race and religion. This enables us to understand each other’s action and reaction which in turn helps us co-exist with each other on a very basic level. When people commit a wrong thing that is clearly against the rules of a group or society they belong to, then there will be consequences of the law as defined by the group/society. But why do people make wrong decisions or for that matter, make the right decision?”

The above two extracts are taken from Tingkai and Sofia’s essays which they submitted as part of their optional year 7 mini-investigations. These investigations are an extension opportunity for students to enrich their learning based around a number of ‘bigger-picture’ essay choices or one of their own making. Tingkai and Sofia both chose to investigate where the human sense of right and wrong comes from.

Their full essays are available below:

Tingkai’s essay submission

Sofia’s essay submission


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