Where does our conscience come from?

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Knietzsche, the smallest philosopher in the world

  • Parents can make children feel guilty, rights: WDR

Who decides when to have a guilty conscience?

In the film Knietzsche describes that in the beginning it is your parents who tell you what is right and wrong. But not all rules are always sensible and you don't always really feel the bad conscience that others want to persuade you. There is not always a clear right or wrong, the reason for the rule is not always consistent. Knietz's example is that parents want you to eat and justify this with the fact that children elsewhere have to go hungry. Not only parents or teachers can make you feel guilty. Who else?

In partner work, the children look for a case from their experience when a guilty conscience is more likely to be persuaded (worksheet 2 "Persuading a bad conscience"). The examples are hung up and the students vote with adhesive dots whether or not they have to have a guilty conscience in the situation (green = yes, yellow = undecided, red = no). In particular, the controversial cases are discussed in class. In the discussion, it is not important to agree on an assessment, but above all to provide conclusive reasons for your own position. You can also look at the examples according to who actually makes you feel guilty. In addition to authority figures such as parents, teachers and other adults whom you meet in clubs or religious communities, for example, this can also be the circle of friends.