Topic : Quote based Ethics question ; Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
6. What do you understand from the following quote. Elaborate. “This is a moral universe and that there are moral laws of the universe just as abiding as the physical laws.” – Martin Luther King Jr. (250 words)
Reference: Ethics by Lexicon Publications
Why the question:
Quotation based question.
Key Demand of the question:
Explain in detail the meaning of the quotation and its relevance and significance.
Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
The statement indicates the indispensability and significance of moral laws. It tries to depict the same through comparing it with invariability of physical laws.
Explain that the universe is the entire collectivity of things and phenomenon around us.
Humans act consciously within a physical structure that is beyond their control. Human consciousness gives them agency to choose their goals and means as per their meanings and motives.
This choice is governed by the moral universe, which is as binding and as constraining the humans as the physical universe. Just as the physical universe is sui-generis, universal and obligatory on human beings, so is the moral universe comprising of moral principles (human values). Both are indispensable and external to humans. Human consciousness is like the fundamental forces of physics. It is derived from ethical values and guides human action.
Explain the importance of morality for human existence.
Conclude with importance.