Insights Weekly Essay Challenges 2018 – Week 47
25 November 2018
Write an essay on the following topic in not more than 1000-1200 words:
A people that values its privileges above its principles loses both
Hint to Topic:
This essay is about the importance of principles over privileges. The topic states that those who value privileges more than principles, will eventually lose both (privileges and principles i.e. they will become powerless and characterless). Here ‘A People’ may refer to society as well as individuals.
One might tend to think of examples such as dictators, emperors, modern demagogues and go on justifying the topic. In addition, try to think about the topic from different perspective – Why principles have to be considered ‘above/over’ privileges? what’s wrong in valuing privileges? Can someone value both and live a good life? Is it practical to value only principles and give up privileges? what if privileges are granted by the state/people/society itself? etc
As we had suggested in previous essays, make your essay engaging with original Insights. Come up with illustrations and examples to support your arguments. Go beyond textbooks to explore arguments/facts.