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“States are doomed when they are unable to distinguish good men from bad.” ― Antisthenes

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

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

“States are doomed when they are unable to distinguish good men from bad.” ― Antisthenes

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 about selflessness.

Body:

Write about the presence of good and bad people in the country and societies across the world. It is pertinent for the state to identify them. Good people should be encouraged and bad people should be punished. If good people are punished and bad people rewarded, states are bound to be doomed. Substantiate with examples.

Conclusion:

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