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Solved Exercise for Precis writing with Title “Needs of the Age” for Class 10, Class 12 and Graduation and other classes.

Passages with Solved Precis

There are certain things that our age needs, and certain things that it should avoid. It needs compassion and a wish that mankind should be happy; it needs the desire for knowledge and the determination to eschew pleasant myths; it needs above all, courageous hope and the impulse to creativeness. The things that it must avoid, and that have brought it to the brink of catastrophe, are cruelty, envy, greed, competitiveness, search for irrational subjective certainty, and what Freudians call the death-wish.

The root of the matter is a very simple and old-fashioned thing, a thing so simple that I am almost ashamed to mention it, for fear of the derisive smile with which wise cynics will greet my words. The things I mean-please forgive me for mentioning it-is love or compassion. If you feel this, you have a motive for existence, a guide in action, a reason for courage, an imperative necessity for intellectual honesty. If you feel this, you have all that anybody should need in the way of religion. Although, you may not find happiness, you will never know the deep despair of those whose life is aimless and void of purpose; for there is always something that you can do to diminish the awful sum of human misery.

What I do want to stress is that the kind of lethargic despair which is now not uncommon is irrational. Mankind is in the position of a man climbing a difficult and dangerous precipice, at the summit of which there is a plateau of delicious mountain meadows. With every step that he climbs, his fall, becomes more terrible; with every step his weariness increases and the ascent grows more difficult. At last there is only one more step to be taken, but the climber does not know this because he cannot see beyond the jutting rocks at his head. His exhaustion is so complete that he wants nothing but rest. If he let go he will find rest in death. Does the exhausted climber make one more effort, or does he let himself sink into the abyss. In a few years those of us who are still alive will know the answer.


Title:- Needs of the Age

The needs of the age must be met though men’s laziness makes the realisation impossible. The age needs things that make life happy and purposive. It implies the avoidance of all the anti-social human weaknesses. The paramount need of the tine is the cultivation of compassion. It supplies an aim in life and set- seas a guide to action. Basis of courage and intellectual truthfulness, compassion saves human being from despair. For achieving this purpose man should make an effort; his laziness is unreasonable. There are dangers and difficulties on the way. Man may even feel exhausted but the goal is not far off though it is invisible. But only future will unfold whether he is to succeed or fail.


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