Day 5 – Q 4. Even though materialistic pleasure and gratification remain elusive for a moral person, happiness driven by values and contentment brings true peace and stability in his life. Do you agree? Examine.
4. Even though materialistic pleasure and gratification remain elusive for a moral person, happiness driven by values and contentment brings true peace and stability in his life. Do you agree? Examine.
4.हालांकि एक नैतिक व्यक्ति के लिए भौतिकवादी सुख और संतुष्टि हमेशा दूर ही रहती है, परन्तु मूल्यों और संतुष्टि से प्रेरित खुशी उनके जीवन में सच्ची शांति और स्थिरता लाती है। क्या आप सहमत हैं? जांच करें।
- Introduction may include the definition of happiness. How it varies from one individual to other.
- The first statement- materialistic pleasure and gratification may be difficult to be achieved by a moral person. This can be explained by an example.
- Further the two sorts of happiness- one from material gains and other from actions driven by values needs to be compared.
- Conclusion- a balanced approach can be adopted. Both are important (material gains and staying virtuous).
- Ethics questions are best addressed by usage of examples. Thus, the answer can have 2-3 examples.
Happiness is a very subjective feeling. It varies from individual to individual. Some may derive it from materialistic gains while others may feel happy when they stay committed to their values and take actions accordingly. Happiness in the latter case results into true peace and inner stability, while in the former case is only temporary.
- An honest bureaucrat by the end of her career may not have wealth as compared to a corrupt official. But she will have a sense of contentment that she has served the society to her best and sticked to her values. This feeling of inner satisfaction will result into true happiness.
- Mother Teresa gave up all material pleasures she could have and focused on serving commoners. Her values of empathy, compassion, virtuosity were above anything for her. Her actions were always driven by these values. This was the reason that she stayed happy throughout.
It is true that for a moral person at times material gains and gratification may remain elusive. A chartered accountant working in real estate sector may be offered commission from banks. She being honest will refuse it and hence not have the materialistic pleasure. But this very action will bring in an inner peace, her inner self will be aligned with her thoughts giving her stability.
However, in present times just materialistic gains to some extent is also necessary. For a hungry poor man, a loaf of bread whether somebody gives him or he steals it doesn’t matter. Thus, a balance in life is needed. Wherein materialistic gains must be to the extent that the basic needs get fulfilled. One shouldn’t start cherishing these gains as any pleasure or happiness derived from it remains temporarily.
Best answer: Deena Das