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09 JUNE, 2017 (MAINS)

TODAYS ANSWER WRITING CHALLENGE FROM GS-I

 

Q1.  What does an ethical life mean to you? How does one make sure that he does not deviate from his ethical standards? (200 words)

 

Please write the answer in comments section

  • Osho Korde

    The key factor in ethics is intension or motivation that drives behaviour, intension is ethical to the extent where it aims to enhancing the welfare and well-being of everyone including oneself.
    The last bit ONESELF is very important, because if we don’t have that last bit, then the attempt to be ethical ends up being self-sacrifice and that belief is one of the pervasive distortion in our culture about the very nature of ethics. Our culture for the most part, believes that ethics is self-sacrifice.
    We be ethical because, ‘it’s the right thing to do’ and this is a tragic misunderstanding, because properly understood ethics is not self-sacrifice, but being enlightened and enlightening self-interest.

    We often get pulled off by our gut feeling, where our actions are not driven by our brain but by the popular demand (what people think is right). This is where we often get deviated from the ethical standards, where our feelings drive us according to societies will. Everyone has their own unique behaviour and a different way of interpreting things, but the person should keep mind that whatever he does should be good for the society and for himself too.