Topic:Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and nonpartisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
7) “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Comment. (250 words)
Why this question
The question is related to GS 4 syllabus under the following heading –
Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and nonpartisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
Key demand of the question
The question wants to express our understanding and opinion on, how compassion makes not only the others happy (those who are helped) but also the actor ( one who is compassionate).
Comment – we have to express our personal opinion on the issue. Our opinion should reflect and follow our knowledge and understanding of the issue.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– Define compassion (e.g Compassion is a deep feeling of wishing to alleviate
the suffering of others) and mention that happiness is the purpose of our existence and that long-term happiness can only be based on the act of compassion.
Discuss in points how being compassionate increases your happiness and also of those who are benefited by the acts of compassion.
e.g Compassion evokes positive feelings about ourselves and our own situation/ conditions, it gives a self-confidence and reduces fear, Frans de Waal’s scientific explanation of the importance of compassion etc. Take the help of the articles attached to the question to frame your answer.
Conclusion – Present share concise and a balanced opinion on the importance of compassion and empathy for the well being of the society as a whole as well as the person/ actor.