08 Aug 2021 gs-mains-paper-4 ETHICS, INTEGRITY & APTITUDE
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What are the ethical and attitudinal lessons learnt from the mega event like Tokyo Olympics?
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The Tokyo Olympics has been a golden period for sports followers. Sports relax and entertain. They also teach us some important spiritual, life-improving lessons. Some of the noteworthy and praiseworthy gestures we saw during this mega event are:
Maintaining Grace and Magnanimity: In a high jump event at the Olympics, we saw Qatar’s athlete giving up an opportunity to go for a solo gold medal because his Italian opponent was injured. He shared the gold medal with the Italian and ensured that the spirit of Olympics wins. There was grace and magnanimity to be seen. Similarly, in life, we too should be prepared to share the spoils. We grow in stature when we bring up others with ourselves. one will end up being a winner.
Teamwork: In football, the striker in the front scored a goal. Though the goal is solely marked in his name, the ball actually reaches him after several passes made by his teammates, dodging the opposing defenders. The striker’s role is to put it in the goal post from a short distance. He is credited with the goal scored. Similarly, in life, a significant portion of our success can be attributed to our team and our family. We must acknowledge their role.
Reducing Errors: It is seen that in any sport, a player or a team with fewer unforced errors will win, as compared to the one who may hit more winners. The recently concluded Wimbledon final is a fine example. The winner, Novak Djokovic, made only 21 unforced errors, and his opponent Matteo Berrettini, more than twice as many, 48. Berrettini had 57 winners, as opposed to Djokovic’s 31. Trying to hit winners also carries the risk of committing mistakes. Similarly, in life, if we can avoid mistakes like taking disproportionate financial risks, we will most likely end up a winner.
Focus and Concentration: The most embarrassing situation is when a player scores an ‘own goal’. This happens mostly due to lack of focus. Similarly, in life, by lowering one’s guard, one could become a victim of fraud. We should remain focused to ensure that we don’t put ourselves in harm’s way.
Derive Enjoyment at One’s Level: It is not for everyone to become the greatest of all time, a legend. Every generation throws up only a few great names that are revered for a long time. A vast majority play the game knowing that they may never be legends, but they play because of their passion for the game. Similarly, in life, for example in civil services, everybody cannot become the cabinet secretary or chief secretary, but one can create a niche that can make a person happy and successful.
Inspiring Others: The captain of the team is not necessarily the best player, however, he is a motivator and has the ability to bring out the best in his team. He has the heart to take the blame for the defeat and credit the team for success. Similarly, in life, we may not be the best engineer, lawyer or a bureaucrat leading a team, but if one has the qualities that inspire others to respect him/her, one can lead successfully.
Down, but Not-out: Instances of turning the game around in one’s favour are many when all seems lost. We have seen players and teams doing the impossible through sheer grit. Similarly, in life, patience, perseverance, confidence in your ability play an important role to ensure that you come out successful from a difficult situation.
Therefore, we can say that sports teach us life changing lessons and it is still more important because even the persons with less education can take a leaf or two from the values and attitudes displayed by sportsman. A civil servant inherent with these qualities will certainly move up in the hierarchy and command the respect of the citizens.