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“No morality can be founded on authority, even if the authority were divine”

Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators;

7. What does this quote means to you? (150 words)

“No morality can be founded on authority, even if the authority were divine”.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Quotes Wednesdays’ in Mission-2022 Secure.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by explaining the literal meaning of the quote and highlighting its core meaning that morality must be from within and cannot be forced upon.

Body:

Mention the failure of authoritarian approaches to imbibe the principles of morality. Parallels may be drawn with examples such as failure of dictatorship and military regime that derive their power mainly through authority without much validation of the masses. This often results in the failure of such powers to bring in rule based moral behaviour of the people. Similar examples on religious lines may be given as well.

Conclusion:

Summarise by highlighting the importance of the quote in the present day.