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8) “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy” – Dr Martin Luther King. Comment.

Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators

8) “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy” – Dr Martin Luther King. Comment. (150 Words)

The Hindu

Why this question?

Quotes by famous personalities are important for Paper 4.

Key demand of the question:

The quote has to be understood in context of the life challenges of Martin Luther King. Your opinion is to be provided on what the quote implies, instances from history or current events where you feel the above has proven true.

Directive Word:

Comment:   Here we have to pick main points and give our ‘opinion’ on them based on evidences or arguments stemming from our wide reading.

Structure of Answer:

Introduction – Write about the ideals of Dr Martin Luther King, the issues he fought for and how this quote is relevant to his life.

In the body, mention about how you have interpreted this quote. Talk about integrity, the importance of staying true to your own values irrespective of the circumstances. Give examples of personalities who have achieved great things armed only with their integrity and conviction. Incorporate the fact that values have been acquired after a long effort and for self actualization, staying true to your values in adversarial circumstance is very important.

In the 2nd part of the body, one can talk about the advantages that can accrue by following the quote and quote instance from personal life where you have stayed true to your values and how it has helped you.

Conclusion – Give the issue at hand a global perspective, such as how for environmental problems to get resolved, it is important for environmentalists to continue waging their battle to bring about a sustainable change.