Ethics Case Study – 15

Today the world has changed. The old values are no more cared for and there is value erosion. Now greatness, goodness and success are measured by the wealth one has. The main aim of life is to earn more and by any means. Simple living is no longer a motto of life. To achieve the luxurious in life people have become greedy, selfish, dishonest and adopt foul means to collect money. People now exploit their own kith and kin. High ideals of patriotism, selfless devotion to society, sacrifice and service are hollow words for them. Honesty is no more, the best policy.

Today there are both moral and human value erosions. Today corruption has become a way of life and has been spreading deep into the society. Drinking and drug abuse are the social evils, which has affected one-fourth of the world population. Violence in schools has caused many problems among students, families, schools, and residents of the areas. The cause of violence can be blamed mainly on drugs and gangs. Terrorism and Non-violence is the order of the day. A war in the 21st century has begun with great ferocity and cruelty. We have never before seen so much of violence, hatred, conflicts and mistrust. Today nations, both developed and developing, face erosion of humanistic, ethical and moral values.

The world should realize that when Gandhiji talked of non-violence, self-suffering, consideration for others, honesty, he had only fear of value erosion. The erosion of civic values from our public life has become a pervasive phenomenon. Discuss the role of value education in tackling this issue in the Indian context.

20 marks / 250 words.

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