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“Reason shows me that if my happiness is desirable and good, the equal happiness of any other person must be equally desirable.” ― Henry Sidgwick

Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators;

6. What does this quote means to you? (150 words)

“Reason shows me that if my happiness is desirable and good, the equal happiness of any other person must be equally desirable.” ― Henry Sidgwick

Difficulty level: Moderate

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Quotes Wednesdays’ in Mission-2023 Secure.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by explaining the literal meaning of the quote.

Body:

Write about the aspect of rationality that wants happiness for all and not just for oneself. Mention the drawbacks of seeking happiness only for oneself without taking into account the needs of others. Write about the impact of the same with examples.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising the importance of quote in the present day.