Moral Concerns & the Gifted
Because of their intellectual complexity, gifted people are able
to consider the possibilities of how things in the world might be.
At the same time they can see how far short the world is falling
of their ideal and they often feel keen disappointment and sometimes
despair. When they try to share their concerns with others, they
are often met with reactions such as denial, minimising, puzzlement
Many gifted people feel deeply for others.They sense their joys,
pains, sorrows and hopes and sometimes become distressed when they
cannot alleviate their problems. Sensitive gifted people will often
weep at the cruel treatment of an animal or the struggle of human
Today, with each news bulletin, we receive information about world
problems - crises, poverty, war, environmental devastation, natural
disasters. We then have to consider and emotionally respond to the
ramifications of these events.
Gifted people's empathy for the suffering of others makes them
particularly vulnerable to the many forms of insensitivity they
see on television, at school or work and in the world around them.
Often gifted people feel powerless to act against this insensitivity
and their sense of helplessness can lead them to despair and being
critical of themselves as they feel a responsibility for these situations.
For their emotional wellbeing, it is important for young gifted
people to be encouraged to explore some of the worlds problems
and possible solutions.
As gifted children are concerned about political and social problems,
values and moral ethics, they need to be exposed early to areas
of the curriculum, such as Science and Social Studies and Philosophy,
where these issues can be explore.
The consciousness, concern, personal responsibility and commitment
of gifted people should be nurtured and supported so that they will
feel equipped to use their talents towards the resolution of global
Gifted people should also participate in projects or community
service to alleviate their sense of helplessness.