Topic- Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators;
7) Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do. Comment.(250 words)
Comment- here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to analyze the given quotation and bring out its essence and meaning in detail. We have to give our overall opinion in favour or against the statement. Whatever our stand we have to support it with proper and valid arguments.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– give a brief definitive of ethics. Try to give the definition in terms of legality and purpose of our actions.
Discuss in detail the meaning of the statement as you understand it. E.g mention that while the law provides clear responsibilities and limits to officials and other individuals responsible for the planning of communities, there is a great deal of flexibility where individuals or groups must make judgment decisions in the best interests of their community, and being guided by strong ethical principles ensures that the best decisions are being made etc.
Discuss how what is right to do can be decided. E.g Ethics are developed from an individual or group’s beliefs, values and morals, which vary from person-to-person and can often be in direct conflict and opposition to another’s.To address these differences and to avoid conflict, communities often adopt a code of ethical standards which they agree to abide by while serving in a public capacity for the common good of a community. This practice provides a clear understanding to officials and the public they serve as to expected conduct etc.
Conclusion- Based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue