Religious Studies KS3 & KS4/GCSE: What is a good life?

In this sketch two friends have very different views about what happiness is; Shakespeare or sausages?

Their debate of who is right explores John Stuart Mill's theory of happiness. Is it better to be an unhappy human or a happy animal?

The Scottish Enlightenment philosopher John Stuart Mill said there are different kinds of happiness.

The most valuable happiness is human sophisticated happiness such as playing music, reading literature and poetry and engaging in debate.

Written and performed by the Burnistoun team of Robert Florence and Iain Connell.

This short film is from the BBC series, Enlighten Up!

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used as a prompt to explore the following questions with your class:

Are humans more important than animals?

Do we have a responsibility to protect animals?

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be useful for teaching secondary PSHE and religious studies.

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