solved past paper of precis 2017

Question no 2 :

Write a precis of the following passage and also suggest a suitable title:

All the evils in this world are brought about by the persons who  are always up and doing, but do not know when they ought to be up nor what they ought to be doing. The devil, I take it, is still the busiest creature in the univers, and I can quite imagine him denouncing laziness and becoming angry at the smallest waste of time. In his kingdom, I will wager, nobody is allowed to do nothing, not even for a single afternoon. The world, we all freely admit, is in a muddle but I for one do  not think that it is laziness that has brought it to such a pass. It is not the active virtues that it lacks but the passive ones; it is capable of anything but kindness and a little steady thought. There is still plenty of energy in the world (there never were more fussy people about), but most of it is simply misdirected. If, for example. In july 1914, when there was some capital idling weatehr, everbody, emperors, Kings, arch dukes, statesmen, generals, journalists, had been suddenly smitten with an intense desire to do nothing, just to hand about in the sunshine and consume tabacco, then we should all have been much better off than we are now. But no, the doctrine of hte strenuous life still went unchallenged; there must be no time wasted; something must be done. Again suppose our statesmen, instead of rushing off to Versailles with a bundle of ill-digested notions and great deal of energy to dissipate had all taken a fortnight off, away from all correspondence and interviews and what not, and had simply lounged about on some hillside or otehr apparently doing nothing for the first time in their energetic lives, then they might have gone to their so-called peace conference and come away again with their reputations still unsoiled and the affairs of the world in good trim. Even at the present time, if half of the politicians in Europe would relinquish the notion that laziness is crime and go away and do nothing for a little space, we should certainly gain by it. Other examples come crowding into mind.Thus, every now and then, certain religious sects hold conferences;but though there are evils abroad that are mountains high, though the fate of civilization is still doubtful, the members who attend these conferences spend their time condemning the length  of ladies' skirts and the noisiness of dance bands. They would all be better employed lying flat on their backs somewhere, staring at the sky and recovering their mental health


                   Title : Human Misdirected Energies

The virtues of idleness are erroneously unrecognized and value of action is highly overrated. Those who are busy in doing the work they don't know well have done more harm to the world than those who are not doing anything at all. Getting obsessed with doing something all the time is perilous while having breaks and pauses to enjoy peace of mind is vital to progress and peace. All the chaos around is an outcome of someone's wrong actions and misdirected energies and efforts. Turbulent political history of the world and current situation around testifies this notion. Many a tragedy would have been averted if the people at helm had chosen to do nothing instead of doing everything possible for them. The dimension of the efforts being put in by various groups and organizations is inherently wrong making it impossible to bring about any improvement in the situation.

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