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Insights Weekly Essay Challenges 2018 – Week 46: “The past’ is a permanent dimension of human consciousness and values

Insights Weekly Essay Challenges 2018 – Week 46


18 November 2018

Write an essay on the following topic in not more than 1000-1200 words:

 ‘The past’ is a permanent dimension of human consciousness and values

Hint to Topic:

It’s a statement. You may agree or disagree with this statement. To answer this essay well, you must clearly know actual definitions of ‘human consciousness’ and ‘human values’.  The statement basically argues that human values, as well as consciousness is shaped/determined by past experiences. These experiences can be their own, of their ancestors, or of the institutions and scriptures that have sustained through history. The role of traditions, customs and cultures is influencing human consciousness and values should be highlighted. 

But, to make this essay original, don’t go on to justify the topic with numerous examples. Instead, look critically at the topic and ask questions like: How big is past’s influence? Can this influence be changed? Should past decide present course of behaviour or events? Is the word ‘permanent’ in the statement ‘extreme’ statement? Apart from the past, what else influences human consciousness? Is there any scientific angle to this statement? Does this statement stifles human nature of innovation?

A good essay derives its strength from its original arguments that are backed by correct evidences.

Start your essay with an interesting anecdote (try to stay away from India’s modern history or obvious stories that you read as part of civil services exam preparation. Instead rely on sources that you read as part of your hobby such as stories, non-fiction, magazines, documentaries etc. This makes essay interesting to read)

Based on questions raised in the beginning, create various dimensions and do justice to them by validating them with suitable illustrations and examples.