Topic– Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators
7) “The distinction of a good person is to take pleasure in moral action. In other words, human flourishing occurs when a person is concurrently doing what he ought to do and doing what he wants to do.” Do you agree. 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 express our opinion on the given statement in the form of an agreement or disagreement. Here we can take any side but we have to justify our opinion based on a proper presentation of relevant facts/ arguments/ examples.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– Write a few introductory lines about the importance of morality in one’s life and for the world.
Discuss in detail about the importance of taking pleasure in moral actions and its importance vis a vis human flourishing. E.g The key idea in ethics is a human individual’s own personal happiness and well being. Each man is responsible for his own character. According to Aristotle, each person has a natural obligation to achieve, become, and make something of himself by pursuing his true ends and goals in life. Each person should be concerned with the “best that is within us” and with the most accomplished and self-sufficient success and excellence; the value of virtuous activity resides in realizing a state of eudaimonic character. Such a state must be achieved by a man’s own efforts. A person needs to pursue rational or intelligent efforts in pursuing goods and in otherwise taking control of his own life. Because a man might fail or be thwarted in his efforts; Because human beings possess a nature that governs how they act, the perfection or fulfillment of their nature is their end. A human being is ordered to self-perfection and self-perfection is, in essence, human moral development. The goal of a person’s life is to live rationally and to develop both the intellectual and moral virtues. There are attributes central to human nature the development of which leads to human flourishing and a good human life; practical wisdom is not only concerned with universals (such as good or value), but also with particulars which became known through experience in the choices and activities of life etc.
Take the help of the article attached to the question to frame your answer.
Conclusion– based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.