Topic – Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
8) What do you understand by ‘voice of conscience’? Narrate one incident in your life when you were faced with a crisis of conscience and could you prepare yourself to heed to the voice of conscience? (250 words)
Key demand of the question:
You are expected to come up with one good example of an ethical issue faced by you that involved crisis of conscience and weather you could hear to the voice of conscience or not.
Structure of the answer:
Start by defining what is conscience.
Depending on the example you must first bring out the meaning of voice of conscience, explain what you understand by it. How do you prepare yourself to heed to the voice of conscience? And then relate it to ethical decision making and its importance.
Conclude with importance of conscience in the society, at the individual level as rightly suggested in the quote –“ There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts.” –M K Gandhi.