137. Reading Skills Comprehension: Freedom



Read the following passage and answer the following Questions:-

The whole movement of man’s life is towards greater freedom. As a child grows up, his dependence upon his parents and family gradually decreases while his freedom and self-reliance increase all the time. The goal of life seems to be headed in the direction of complete liberty. But what do we understand by the word “freedom”? Freedom only means the capability of self-government. For the highest purpose of freedom is to make us capable of governing ourselves. Freedom does not mean liberty to do anything that one pleases. Freedom has no meaning without responsibility.

All progress is a process in which we learn how to make the right choices. Hence it won’t be far from the truth to say that all values are created in freedom. And what, one may ask, is the purpose of freedom? The purpose of freedom is only ones it is perfection. Freedom is the necessary condition in which the aim of perfection may be achieved. Complete freedom of choice means complete freedom to do what you want to do and is the only means to self-realization. A fully realized person is the highest aim not only because he fulfils himself, but also because being fully realized, he helps others to achieve their true strength.

Freedom means total self-discipline, for discipline alone, gives us freedom. Discipline is the means of achieving that which a free mind has evolved. Discipline is a passage to freedom, for the more disciplined you are, the freer you are to do what you desire. P and discipline must be imposed upon you if you cannot discipline yourself. Discipline means order while freedom may exist in chaos. And nothing worthwhile can be achieved where there are disorder and anarchy. Chaos has no power to affect anything worthwhile. So give up all ideas you may have. Know that only he has the liberty that has control. Only he has the speed that has brakes, only he must fly who can land. Liberty without control is like a car without brakes. It will crash. .; Freedom has no meaning if it does not aim to achieve the objectives of humanity

 (a) What does a child acquire as he grows old?

 (b) What does development refer to?

 (c) What is the purpose of freedom?

(d) What does complete freedom of choice refer to?

(e) Explain what is discipline.

 (f) What happens if a person is more disciplined?

 (g) What is achieved when there is a disorder?

 (h) Find a word from the passage which means the same as ‘ability I potential I capacity’. (Para 1).

Answers :

(a) A child acquires freedom and self-reliance as he grows old.

(b) Development refers to a person’s increasing independence, self-reliance and responsibility as he grows older.

 (c) The purpose of freedom is to aim for and attain perfection.

 (d) It refers to complete freedom to do what one wants to do and it is the only means to self-realization.

 (e) Discipline is the means of achieving that which a free mind has evolved.

(f) If a person is more disciplined, the freer he/she is to do what he/she desires.

(g) Nothing worthwhile can be achieved where there are disorder and anarchy.

(h) ‘capability’.

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