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7) “Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty- Plato”. Comment.(250 words)

Topic– Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.

7) “Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty- Plato”. Comment.(250 words)




Directive word

Comment- here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.  

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to express our knowledge and understanding about ethics in general and the value of honesty in particular. We have to express our opinion as to why/ why not honesty is less profitable than dishonesty. We have to support our opinion with proper discussion and presentation of valid and proper arguments/ examples.

Structure of the answer

Introduction– Give a simple definition of Honesty. E.g it is the quality or state of being honest; probity; fairness and straightforwardness of conduct, speech, etc.


Discuss the benefits of dishonesty. E.g dishonesty can be a good strategy for someone who is trying to maximize short-term profits; It helps in material gains sometimes; it helps in avoiding punishment etc.

Discuss the negative implications of dishonesty and bring out the virtues of honesty. E.g  Honesty is a fundamental factor, it helps to builds one’s character. A man of dead conscience is a person of bad character. An honest man is always successful in his practical as well as spiritual life; even telling a small lie risks to damage our reputation but also reduce the proclivity of others to trust us; further, one lie often leads to the need to tell another, more significant lie, which risks even greater negative consequences if discovered; finally, we can’t necessarily predict the consequences of telling even a small lie, and if such consequences turn out to be more significantly adverse than we anticipated, our sense of responsibility and therefore guilt could cause us far more distress than we imagine etc.

Conclusion- based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.