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“Ethics are less a goal than a pathway less a destination than a trip less an inoculation than a process.” Analyse.

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. “Ethics are less a goal than a pathway, less a destination than a trip, less an inoculation than a process.” Analyse. (250 words)

Reference: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by G SubbaRao and P N Chowdhary

Why the question:

Quote based ethics question.

Key Demand of the question:

This is a quotation-based question, such questions need deeper and to the point analysis on the statement.


AnalyzeWhen asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.

Structure of the answer:


Students must try to open/expand the quote by explaining the hidden meaning in the quote.


The answer needs to be an account of examples qualifying that ethics doesn’t just mean the final end but the process that takes one to the end. Bring in philosophies of moral thinkers; ideologies that justify means are equally important as that of ends. Students must appreciate the answer mainly through a good set of examples in such questions.


Conclude with how ethics play a vital role in one’s life and in society.