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Solved English Precis exercise on “Material versus Moral Progress” 600 Words Precis for Class 10, 12 and Competitive Examination.

Solved Precis exercise on “Material versus Moral Progress”

Does economic progress clash with real progress s? By economic progress, I take it, we mean material advancement without limit, and by real progress we mean moral progress which again is the same thing as the progress of the permanent element in us. The subject may, therefore, be stated thus: Does not moral progress increase in the same proportion as material progress? I know that this is a wider proposition than the one before us. But I venture to think that we always mean the larger one even when we lay down the smaller one. For we know enough of science to realize that there is no such thing as perfect rest or repose in this visible universe of ours. If therefore, material progress does not clash with moral progress, it must necessarily advance the later. Nor can we be satisfied with the clumsy way in which sometimes those who cannot defend the large proposition put their case. They seem to be obsessed with the concrete case of thirty million Indians, stated by the late Sir William Wilson Hunter to be living on one meal a day. They say that before we can think or talk of their moral welfare, we must satisfy their daily wants. With these, they say, material progress spells moral progress. And then is taken a sudden jump: what is true of thirty million is true of the universe. They forget that hard cases make bad laws. Perhaps the strongest of all the testimonies in favor of the affirmative answer to the question before us is the lives of the greatest teachers of the World. Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, Nanak, Kabir, Chaitanya, Shankara, Dayanand, Ramkrishna were men who exercised an immense influence over and molded the character of thousands of men. The world is richer for their having lived in it. And they were all men who deliberately embraced poverty as their lot.

Jesus saith unto his disciples, “Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of god! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” Here you have an eternal rule of life stated in the noblest words. But the disciples nodded unbelief as we do even to this day. To him they said as we say today, “But look how the law fails in practice. If we sell all and have nothing, we shall have nothing to eat. We must have money or we cannot even be reasonably moral.” So they state their case thus: And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves. “Who then can be saved? And Jesus looking upon them saith, ‘with men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.” And Jesus answered and said, “Verily, I say unto you, there is no man that hath left house, or brethren or sisters, or father or mother, or wife, or children or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s but he shall receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions: and in the world to come eternal life. But many that are first shall be last, and the last fist.” You have here the result or reward if you prefer the term of following the law.


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Title – Material versus Moral Progress

Material progress clashes with real or moral progress. But t case of thirty million Indians living on one meal a day is different. There is a hard case. With them, material progress certainly spells moral progress. But hard cases do not make a universal law. The fact is that moral progress is independent of material progress. Great seers of the world rose to great moral heights even though they had embraced poverty. In fact, they enriched the world by their deeds. Jesus Christ also believed that riches are a stumbling block in the way of man’s moral progress. Sacrifice leads to great achievement including eternal life.


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