The theme for this week is : Interpretation
These are some of the questions covered so far in small groups.
For all these cases, deciding what to interpret, and interpreting fully helps broaden the discussion.
Interpreting can also involve activating some brainstorming strategies.
Please practise, because on The Day, you have no one else to help you generate ideas. Practice promotes familiarity.
The next hurdle is to reflect these interpretations – with the thesis – sensibly and coherently in the introduction to give a good first impression.
1) Science advances, but morality declines. Discuss.
Interpret ‘science advances’ : all forms including medicine, food, transport, communications, production
Interpret ‘morality’ : different manifestations of goodness or uprightness such as uplifting the poor, relieving pain and prolonging life, saving the environment
Interpret ‘declines’ using aspects : degradation of life through genetic modification; instigating violence through weapons development; encouraging wasteful consumerism through mass production; deception through the media.
2) Is the pace of life of society today too fast for its own good ?
Interpret ‘what is good for society’ : economic & social stability, quality fo life including physical and mental health of the people, happiness/satisfaction, quality of relationships
Interpret ‘pace of life today’ : pace of life is dictated by demands set on how productive or efficient we have to be
Interpret ‘too fast’ : this has a negative connotation that expecting greater productivity, efficiency or speed does not help our society achieve what is defined as ‘good’.
3) Environmental conservation is futile without government intervention. Do you agree ?
Interpret ‘environmental conservation’ : curbing pollution, replenishing resources, cutting down waste, looking for ‘greener’ alternatives
Interpret ‘futile without government intervention’ : useless unless the government takes part, that is to say the government is the most important player without whom the entire endeavour – including the efforts of other players – to save the earth will fail.
Interpret ‘government intervention’ : investing, legislating, cooperating with other international bodies & other countries, coordinating the efforts of non-government groups and the private sector within its own country, leading the masses by example, mass education
4) Has technology made us a society that is never satisfied ?
Interpret ‘never satisfied’ : wanting more (money, things, knowledge/information, looks, fame, attention, freedom etc.) & wanting better (seeing the shortcomings in what we have, so we always seek to improve; wanting to push the envelope and achieve more/surpass what was achieved before)