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6) “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.” Comment.(250 words)

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.

6) “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.” Comment.(250 words)

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Why this question

Courage is an important component determining the behaviour of  a person. It has a bearing on other virtues/ values and their expression.  The issue is related to GS-4 syllabus under the following heading-

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.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to present our opinion and understanding on the importance of courage as a value and how it occupies a prominent place such that its presence or absence determines the presence/ absence of expression of other values.

Directive word

Comment- we have to form our opinion in favour or against the quotation and present necessary material accordingly. We have to provide necessary arguments along with our answer.

Structure of the answer

Introduction– mention the overall importance of courage in the life of a person. Or better if you can weave some story or situation which corroborates or negates the given quote.

Body-

Although the quotation is from Winston Churchill but it can be explained well by analysing and discussing Aristotle’s and other philosophers’ views on courage. Take the help of the articles attached with the question and use other sources to frame your answer.

Conclusion– Bring out a fair and balanced opinion on the importance and role of courage as a value.