- How would you feel if you were one of Dr. Sayer’s patients? Obviously, you’re going to feel different at different times - before the drug, after the drug, after the drug wears off, etc. You might even ask yourself - Is a short-lived “awakening” even worth it?
- How would you feel if you were Dr. Sayer? Did you do more harm than good, overall? Did you go too far?
- If you were unable to give consent to a doctor to undergo an experimental treatment, just like the one Dr. Sayer gave to his patients, would you be comfortable with your doctor (or anyone else) making these decision for you?
- Why are we often not grateful? - for such basic things like going to the bathroom by ourselves, choosing to make a friend, going for a walk and deciding which direction to choose. Is it true, as Leonard says, that “we don’t know how to live”? AND do we need to go through what Leonard did in order to become MORE grateful?
After viewing the movie Awakenings based on the book by Oliver Sacks, 9th grade students reflected on big issues raised by the movie. If you're not familiar with the book or movie, you can see the original trailer here. Students chose how to respond to the following questions: