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“Good means not merely not to do wrong, but rather not to desire to do wrong.” ― Democritus

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)

“Good means not merely not to do wrong, but rather not to desire to do wrong.” ― Democritus

Difficulty level: Moderate

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by explaining the literal meaning of the quote and highlighting its core meaning.

Body:

Write about goodness is not only the absence of a wrongness of action but it is absence of wrong intentions/desires. Presence of wrong desires can lead to a wrong action.

Next, write a counter argument that merely having desires may not lead to bad actions. Cite examples to substantiate.

Conclusion:

Summarise by highlighting the importance of the quote.