Topic: Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
7) “If men were angels, no government would be necessary”. Critically examine the statement with suitable examples.(250 words)
Why this question:
The question is based on the quote and aims to examine the role and necessity of the government.
Key demand of the question:
Explain the significant role that government has to play to govern the country.
Critically examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.
Structure of the answer:
In brief explain the context of the question.
James Madison once said that if people were angels, we would have no use for law.
Explain that law can serve morally important purposes, even when it’s unenforced or under enforced. Law can be morally binding on us quite apart from the effect that any sanctions have. Consider an income tax law that’s either entirely unenforced or under enforced.
Explain using more suitable examples.
Conclude with way forward.