Insights Weekly Essay Challenges 2016 – Week 35: If one can Address Moral Crisis, many of World’s Problems can be Solved

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Insights Weekly Essay Challenges 2016 – Week 35


28 August  2016

Write an essay on the following topic in not more than 1000-1200 words:


“If one can Address Moral Crisis, many of World’s Problems can be Solved” 


    Rough draft :

    moral crisis facing world :

    political :
    1. More personal/party interests rather than public interests.
    2. Provocative speech – communal issue, caste issue, communities issues.
    3.Governance issue.
    4. use of money/muscle power in election.
    5. poor representation of women.
    6. UNSC veto for personal benefits.
    7. political persecution and migrant crisis.
    8. lack of consensus on Global issue.

    economical :
    1. Corruption issue .
    2. tax avoidance/ evasion.
    3. materialistic race.

    1. rape and dignity of women.
    2. female foeticides.
    3. deteriorating human values.
    4. jealousy.
    5. castism.
    6.women trafficking.
    7. modern slavery.

    cultural and human values:

    1. loosing traditional and human values.
    2. killing of people – terrorism.


    1. lack of respect for nature and wildlife.
    2. killing of wild animals and selling of their parts.

    • ManikChand

      You almost covered the multi facets of the moral issues. Almost all social issues that are plaguing the world can be part of the moral crisis. But it will be even more good if you can write down those angles into an excellent essay.

  • Abyss

    There used to live a king once who was very rich, healthy, prosperous. His people were happy in his reign. Then one day the king met a poor beggar who he wanted to help. But on asking what the wealthy king could do, the beggar started laughing and said – what can you give to someone who is happy with anything or nothing. The king was offended and he kept thinking as to how can the beggar be so happy with nothing. The king then gradually started becoming envious of his happiness and started thinking him as a criminal spreading lies and deceit.

    The fear and insecurity which developed made him order the execution of the beggar. That’s where the story ends. It was his fear that made him kill his own morality and not the beggar alone. It’s the growing sense of insecurity that can not even spare to see the happiness of a fellow human being that is a moral crisis we face in the world today.
    The world today is full of such kings be it under a democratic system like the US or a communist set up like China. There is a race that’s not even based on the welfare of their people but the race to control the other nation and their people, to exert and expand their influence.

    The race takes different forms and manifests itself where the most common one in use since time immemorial has been religion. The passion to expand ones race to the extent of annihilating all others can be witnessed through centuries. Jews have been the oft spotted target going as long back as the Selucid empire of 2nd century BC followed by anti- semetic ethnic cleansing by Christians through their crusades in the 11-12th century AD and then the 2nd world war under the hands of Nazis that took away 6mn jews with it.

    Was the world war the end of it all? Or is there a rise of another religion seeking dominance? There is now the rise of islamophobia as the term goes which has destabilized the entire arab world and is spreading wide. Does religious fanaticism fall under the throes of morality or is it a tool for capturing higher power through instilling or terror?

    It can be said that the world is woven together through a set of implicit codes that are based on common sense of morality and ethics and it binds people into a civilization, away from barbarism. But then as Nietzsche says “fear is the mother of morality”, why would he call fear as the fulcrum of morality when its fear that eventually kills the moral code between people?

    Morality is a sense of judgement between right and wrong but as the society is close knit, so is the sense of judgement. Its also termed as herd instinct. So the herd instinct has changed the world even with a moral order. There is now a race for nuclear weapons, a race for submarines, a race for even space research. No one would stop to question why are we making so many weapons when a single is capable of destroying a country or why are we sending so many missions on Mars and Moon when those funds can be channeled to feed the poverty stricken or towards water conservation or many more.

    Morality in itself imbibes a sense of following the implicit leader without questioning where we lose our own sense of questioning and judegement but adopt that of the leader. Post that we also end up racing a lost cause where a country like India is bound to spend ~20% of its revenue on defense just to maintain its level of protection of frontiers like all the rest.
    So in reality, is morality causing the world crisis today or is it the death of morals that’s leading towards it? Which part is the real crisis that one needs to address? The silver line cuts through both.

    To address the problem of herd mentality, a good example is the organizations that have come up to protect nuclear weapons and their proliferation like NSG (Nuclear suppliers group), MTCR (Missile technology control regime) and more. But then they can only be effective is the world leaders come to re-think about the future course their countries take. Today in the world of nuclear haves and have-nots there will be a “follow the leader” approach where those who can lead have the onus to set an example.

    There are other initiatives across the world to lift the ~800Mn out of extreme poverty through aid programs, humanitarian aid for refugees from Arab spring and its ensuing crisis in West Asia and many other such.

    But then again, the other part of moral crisis is the lack of morality or loosening of it. This part is hard to address and manifests through episodes like Shia- Sunni clashes killing millions in Yemen, Syria and meighbouring areas, the rise of another era of bi-polar world from the erstwhile cold war with new players like US and China. The insecurity of losing and the urge to control has led to clashes in South China Sea, new security and defense cooperations like LSA (Logistics support agreement) signed between India- US, rise in ocean and sea patrolling by countries. There is another shift in the world order where even countries like Japan that followed a policy of non- aggression after Hiroshima- Nagasaki case are also inclining towards the US camp and re-thinking of entering the nuke race.

    As for individuals, its disheartening to see mobilization towards ISIS and similar factions through social media. Joining a terror outfit can not even be termed fashionable then why do it? That’s the real crisis where individual sense of morals or values breaks down to follow another man’s code. The root cause for this breakdown has to be addressed where its not just the individual but the society that has to take the responsibility through better education, employment opportunities and supporting structures.

    As Oscar Wilde said- Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace. It’s the composite will of the nations that can only help them to find the line and where it is to be drawn. The world that’s to come will be defined by the actions taken today and the way morality is defined. The onus is on the present generation to balance between nationalist jingoism and humanitarian camaraderie which is a process in the making and the hope is not lost of a triumph towards humanity.

    • Miss. Rath

      Nailed it.

    • ManikChand

      The language, the content , and the connectivity of the entire essay is really good.
      Only improvement needed is connecting more angles. You have depth in the essay but I think it also needs breadth also at the micro level such as dealing the corruption, politicians, family life, marriage vs divorce, thirst for money, pollution by the rich etc.

      • Abyss

        you right on that part. my last essay had too many facets so i tried experimenting in this one with a different style but in the wake of it i got carried away a little more than what i had anticipated.
        i realize there are personal issues i should have touched other than the global and local ones.
        thanks for reviewing the essay and please keep reviewing and writing. 🙂

  • Please Review

    This world presents us with a number of opportunities, number of choices, and often these choices make or mar our destiny. The choice is usually accompanied with a moral crisis, a moral dilemma where one is compelled to take a decision that is going to leave a mark. In view of this, it becomes very important for an individual to manage the moral crisis effectively and take decision that is morally and ethically correct. A thought which holds true is that if one is able to address his moral crisis, many of the world’s problem may be solved.

    Here we will look into the different aspects of how addressing one’s moral crisis can solve problems related to different areas. We will be looking into its implementation in global arena in general and in Indian context in particular. The dimensions planned to be covered includes social, economic, environmental and political among other aspects. We will first address the issue and then link it with moral crisis to understand how can it be solved.

    Globally, one of the major problems today is that of Terrorism. Terrorist activities generally involves activities resulting in death of many innocents, apart from making damage to life and property. The terrorist is confronted with a choice, whether s/he should carry on the terrorism activity which will enhance his belief in his religion, which can give a better financial stability to his family, which can help him reduce his frustration/disappointment with the society, or on the other hand, if he should value lifes of other, understand the ramification of such an activity, thereby leaving the path of terrorism. However, it is often seen that terrorists are unable to sort out this dilemma and carry on actions that result in heavy damage apart from disturbing peace in the world. It has been found from various studies that terrorists joining ISIS like organisations aregenerally in need of money or are highly frustrated with their lives, radicalisation is another issues. This leads to a connected issue of role of religious teachers, who in many cases have been seen as the main agent in radicalizing the youth, brainwashing them to join such organisation and carry on terrorism. These religious teachers, unable to sort out their moral dilemma, of actually adhering to the learning of their religion, mis-interpretes and misguide the youth.

    Another important problem is seen in Industries, wherein unethical means have been adopted by many in order to push the company’s profit and benefits. The recent case of Volkswagen scam presents a interesting study of the same. The pressure of improving sales and maintaining market presence, forced the company to cheat the emission norms. The case, when out brought huge shame to the company and has been a lesson to them. However, this presents a case of underlying unethical practices among corporates, that are yet to be exposed. The declining standards of ethics, in the name of competition and corporate profit is certainly a cause of worry for the world. The debate between economy and environment is a well known one.

    The Courts world over are full of cases related to different aspects. A key feature of almost all of these cases is that it involves a moral crisis at each stage. One of the party is sure of being guilty and it is here when they deny the morality and keep arguing for the case. Only if all were morally correct, there would not be any cases pending in Courts as they would save a lot of such proceedings and the resources could be used elsewhere.

    Taking the context to India, we find that corruption is a major problem for our country. Corruption at all levels include moral crisis. It requires inner strength and self-righteousness to not take part in any form of corruption and do what is correct, what is in accordance with the law. Corruption be it at Political or Bureaucratic level is a result of failure to satisfy the inner aspirations. This results in poor delivery of service leading to poor outcomes in health, education, poverty reduction among others. The morality would require keeping in mind all the affected stakeholders, the poor, before being a part of corruption, however, in many cases, people are unable to sort out this dilemma.

    Regionalism and Communalism is another important issue faced by India. The chauvinism towards his/her religion/region leads to neglect of other. It is generally the view that only my region/religion is complete and pure while others are incomplete that leads to friction among different regions and religions. The moral dilemma involved here is that inspite of understanding that diversity is the key feature of the nation, people tend to push their thoughts in order to garner more acceptability and recognition. Propagating their religion is even guaranteed by Indian Constitution, However doing at the behest of demeaning others is something totally uncalled for. Only if people learn to respect other region/religion, we may expect a more peaceful nation.

    Women, have been constantly ignored and neglected in Indian Society for long. It is well established that women are capable of achieving as much as men, but it is the mindset of our country that still looks at them as someone doing only household work. The moral dilemma here for men is to recognize women’s ability and treat them at equal, who may actually get better than men later. They need to shed their insecurity regarding being oppressed by women or losing their ‘superiority’, it is imperative for them to encourage women for education, work, political participation etc that would help India truly reap its demographic dividend.

    Taking the context to political angle, we find that inspite of the fact that many bills have good intent, they are kept pending in Parliament for too long. The reason is simple, the ideologies of Political parties is opposite and agreeing to other, will result in decrease in its reputation. It is here that moral crisis needs to be sorted out, that parties keep larger public good in mind instead of petty gains by keeping the bill pending and hampering India’s growth. Recent case of GST Bill is a good example of it. At the same time, Parties in power should also ensure that they do not mi-use their power by neglecting others opinion and take an authoritarian decision, here the reference is to introduction of bills as money bill in Lok Sabha.

    There can be innumerable more such cases and examples where we see that being unable to solve moral crisis has resulted in opening of a Pandora box, creation of more problems. What is actually needed in all such cases is to have balance of thought, proper understanding of the situation, and more coherent approach in dealing with such issues. It is essential to keep in mind impact of one’s decision on all possible stakeholders. In this context, Gandhi Ji’s Talisman can be of immense help to sort out the moral dilemma.

    Morality needs to be emphasized at all levels of society and globally and it should be ensured that sooner or later, being ethically and morally correct will result in making a more peaceful, greener and happier world.

  • happytussle

    Kindly Review

    • Mr Hola

      Nice ideas! Keep it up. Well structured essay.