Robin Hood : Do The Ends Justify The Means – GD Monday

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Robin Hood’s tale is the one that we all have heard. And the Robin Motto of ‘Stealing from the Rich and Giving to the Poor’ raises the question – ‘Do the Ends Justify the Means?’ Can the methods to attain a goal, no matter how unethical the method may be, be justified by the nobility of the end goal? Is it okay to falter in your ways for the greater good? Discuss.

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Comments

15 comments

Sakshi Kochar

The topic of discussion reminds me of recent bollywood Movie ‘Gabbar’ wherein the protagonist builds his own army to punish the corrupt. Although his all acts are illegal, the character gets popular among the masses. The apparent reason is those with means and powers are considered to be taking undue advantage of people on the other end of the spectrum and with all the legitimate means when our society fails to check that power, the other means even if not legitimate like the ones adopted by Robin Hood and Gabbar are justified and even receive appreciation from masses. However in the real world, we have created law so that there is an order in the society. Justifiablity of such actions gets very subjective and can not be provided any exceptions. That’s why it’s important that law is followed as it is and end result is not used to justify any unlawful actions you did to achive the result. But also, we as a society should make sure that law is designed and implemented in such a way that there exist a power balance between people with means and without means.

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@Sakshi – Well done. Great use of a movie to arrest the reader’s attention which also acts as a good analogy. Good work but you could have taken this topic to another level and used more real-life examples to examine this dilemma. For e.g. the lack of privacy to ensure a nation’s security. To meet the end of securing a country, it it ok to strip its residents off their right to privacy? What is more important? A corrupt politician indulges in corruption but does great work for people in his constituency or city or state and helps the residents there in an environment where government policies don’t reach the poor properly. Is it justified? 7.5/10

Ganesh kumar Krishnan

No it doesn’t justify stealing from the rich and giving them to the poor. It should not be allowed. Imagine what would happen if a politician gets some money as bribe from wealthy corporates to introduce a scheme and spends that amount or part of that amount in his own constituency for the people’s welfare? Will we even allow that? In case we are ready to accept that, every politician shall cry to be a Robinhood. If getting bribe is a crime, then stealing as well. No matter the end result is, for the act itself is a wrong doing.

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@Ganesh – Good point made. However, too short an essay to get the top rating. You need to elaborate more and give more context for your reasoning instead of depending on just one example. 6/10

akj

Gautam Budha used to say that Happiness is a journey not a destination. What this means is that the journey or the path used to achieve our goals is more important and satisfying than the goal itself. Achieving a goal by disreputable means is not good for the society and the individual because everything is connected in this world, by the virtue of the Butterfly effect. One wrong done to achieve a right may seem the correct course from a short term point of view, but a wrong is always a wrong and it will certainly hurt you or someone else. For example you rob a rich man to give to the poor, the poor will bless you but actually the rich man was going to use the money that you robbed to setup a factory and generate jobs which would eliminate poverty. Thus by your act of Robin Hood, you have robbed the society of a chance to progress.
So I don’t feel that ends justify the means in any scenario and we should always strive to be successful in a righteous manner.

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@AKJ – Well done. Good essay. Great opening to the essay. You immediately have the panel’s attention with this opening. 8/10

Parshvam Jain

As albert einstein had said Try not to become a man of success, Rather become a man of value. I think our path is more important than destination. Ethical means should be used for our goal as unethical means will bring disrepute to our mission, even if it’s a good cause. Honest but unsuccessful effort is better than success achieved by wrong means, because in the end what we should aspire for is a better world for all and our unethical means would definitely harm someone.

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@Parshvam – Same feedback as Ganesh. Too short despite making a good point. You also lack real-life examples to make it relatable. 5.5/10

Parshvam Jain

Stealing from rich and giving it to the poor is not a good idea, has it would rob the rich of its hard earned money, thus may demotivate him for earning money and expanding his business. Also , giving money to the poor is only a temporary solution, we cannot alleviate poverty by this method.

Keshav Gupta

Doesn’t it that everyone ends is marked by joining the points we created in between the journey of achieving it. If those points symbolises a wrong deed, doesn’t our ends will affect somewhere down the line. Sometimes government encroach the whole land around a river, displacing thousands of people for building of dam. Is there projection of making dam doing a rightful justice to the displaced people. For benefitting a bigger section of the society they are creating troubles for the other. Ethically it doesn’t sound good. It’s like carving out ones eye and giving it to a blind person. Wrong is wrong whatever may the reason be. A wrongful act cannot be justify by its end result

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@Keshav – While your point is made well, your writing needs a lot of work. You need to practice more to score high points in a WAT. The thoughts are right but the communication is poor. The example on the government project is a good one.4.5/10

Sakshat Dadhich

We are living in the era of Fourth Industrial Revolution which is characterised by Artificial Intelligence. Since much of today’s development and also the future is attributed to digitization and technological advancements, it is right to say that there is no going back from this and hence automation has become one of the key driving element of growth worldwide.
Technology has been able to expand the functional and innovative capabilities of individuals. Organisational success are heavily dependent upon technological capabilities. At every point in our lives we are connected to automation, from self-driving cars to washing machines, from drones to vending machines. So we see that automation has become immensely popular as it reduces manual labour, increases productivity and hence reduces costs to an organisation specially those involved in mass production. As per the Mckeinsy Report, 30% of today’s operation can be fully automated. Electronic factories like Toshiba, Intel etc. automotive sectors like Ford, GM etc. and even commodity factories like that of Krafts, Adidas, Nike are 90% automated. Thus from an organisational standpoint, automation is the key to sustainability and growth.
Downside to automation is the workforce that it renders unemployable. Massive layoffs in industries pertaining to replacement of low to moderately skilled workers by robots and AI machines is threat to global employment scenario. It would lead to huge increase in poverty in countries like India and China where workforce and population are the largest. We need to assess the economical implications of technology individually for each country. Japan with its slow population growth and ageing demography has to invest in automation but same cannot be said about India which already has millions still below poverty line.
So we see that technology is both a boon and bane for the economy. On one hand it can improve lives and ensure a productive aura and on the other it can hamper the people of their incomes and livelihood. So Government across nations should carefully asses their economic and social scenarios and be a part of this technological growth while ensuring proper securities for their citizens. And for this to happen skill development initiatives must be employed.

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@sakshat – this essay is for the last week’s WAT but we will evaluate all the same. The essay is well-written and has structure. But to stand out you need to give more analysis rather than stating facts and developments around the world alone. Your own take is absolutely vital for the panel to know. 7/10 (for last week’s topic on automation)