“We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us”
“Edel sei der Mensch, / hilfreich und gut; / denn das allein / unterscheidet ihn / von allen Wesen, / die wir kennen! ”
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
“Noble is man, / Generous and good; / For that alone / Distinguishes him / From all the living / Beings we know! ”
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, in “Selected Works of Goethe – Poetry”.)
This week we dedicate ourselves to the IB attribute “Caring” which addresses important social competencies. Caring summons an attitude – a social posture that can be described by sympathy and respect for other people. This individual social attitude can promote “making a difference”. We must also understand ourselves as servants of our neighbors.
Goethe is a little wrong because the animals also take care of their counterparts; this is their biology. Unlike humans, they are not consciously social.
Animals are not free to make a situational decision based on general interests. Only man can have a higher moral attitude because he has freed himself from his biological impulses. Caring, therefore, describes an approach that somewhat alienates the ego and dissolves it consciously.
Undoubtedly, Caring is the IB’s most crucial attribute for living in a society. Only when knowledge, competence and experience are connected to social attitudes, will our civilization evolve.
As a school, we are aware of these relationships and we promote and demand the Caring attribute already in early childhood education. Our students are educated early on to be autonomous, responsible and at the same time socially competent.
Especially for future leaders, it is essential to have sound moral and ethical principles. No doubt right decisions are only those where the dilemma of different interests and demands has been solved for the benefit of the greater common benefit.
Therefore, the social skills indicated by HR managers – such as “soft skills” – are becoming increasingly important. After all, they also guarantee a sustainable differential against the increasingly qualified competition in the labor market.