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Q3(a). Integrity and Knowledge

Q3(a). ‘Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, but knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.’ What do you understand by this statement? Explain your stand with illustrations from a modern context. (150 words)
 
Answer
Integrity means the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles that one refuses to change. Knowledge is power that can be used constructively or destructively. It is well known that all types of power tends to corrupt. If a person has honesty and integrity without adequate knowledge and skill required for his job, it is of little use. For example, writing an examination without copying or using unfair means is useless unless one has right knowledge of the subject.
However, if a person has knowledge but no integrity, he is likely to misuse his knowledge to achieve selfish ends at the cost of the society. Hence, knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful for the society. For example, if a government officer is honest but lacks knowledge, such an officer is weak and useless. However, if a government officer lacks integrity but has good knowledge of the subject, he may misuse his knowledge to engage in corruption and destruction of the government institutions. (164 words)
 
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