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“The greatest wealth is to live content with little ” – Plato. Elucidate. 

Topic: Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world to the concepts of morality

7. “The greatest wealth is to live content with little ” – Plato. Elucidate.  (250 words)

Reference: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon Publications 

Why the question:

The question explores Plato’s philosophy of being content with the minimum.

Key Demand of the question:

 To analyse to what extent the given quote is valid in the present context.

Directive:

 Elucidate – 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:

Introduction:

Explain the quote briefly.

Body:

Present detailed analysis of the quote with relevant examples from across the world such as Gandhi, Thoreau etc.

State the reasons for indulgence in excessive materialism and its impact on us.

Bring out how minimalist mind set and simple life can bring about positive changes at individual, societal, national and a global level

Conclusion:

Conclude with a positive note that surmises -To be simple is to be great.