Unit 2

How Can Someone Make a Difference?

Unit 2 Introduction

“That’s not fair”. Every time someone makes this statement, the person refers to a rule or principle he or she feels has been broken.

Dictionaries provide the meaning of words. Look up the word “Fair” in an Oxford English Dictionary. In the dictionary, fair means “free from fraud (lying), injustice, prejudice, or favouritism; what is reasonable, normal, or sensible based on evidence or reality.”

Circumstances such as blindness or cancer are often unfair.  Life is not fair.  But, we do have a responsibility to treat others fairly. Treating others fairly makes one’s own life happy. It makes everyone around feel appreciated. Whenever possible, people surround themselves with individuals who treat them fairly because they make them feel good.

Helen Keller 1880-1968

How Can Someone Make a Difference?

“Be fair. Treat the other person how you want to be treated.”

This important statement has been rephrased from the golden rule on which many Canadian laws are based.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." ~ Gandhi ~

This important statement has been rephrased from one of Mahatma Gandhi's writings. Gandhi was a civil rights leader from India who worked for justice in India. He was a firm believer in government change. Fairness for everyone could be accomplished through group effort and hunger strikes, without use of violence.

Like notable individuals such as Gandhi, people and characters in stories in this unit deal with situations or issues related to fairness.

Gandhi 1869-1948