What is Discipline?

Everyone talks of discipline but few know what it means. It means we have to obey the laws of the society we live in. Self-discipline is needed for progress, prosperity and peace. Nature is a strict disciplinarian. The sun, the moon and the earth follow certain set laws. The seasons follow one another punctually. Disturbance in nature balance results in catastrophes. Lack of discipline will lead to chaos. It is the keynote of all progress and prosperity in life. Discipline is indispensable at home. We get our first lesson at home by obeying our parents and elders. Discipline is needed in educational institutions too. If students do not follow a certain code of conduct, the institution will lose its image. Students must respect their teachers to maintain peace. Teachers have to be disciplined in their lives for they are responsible for molding their students’ lives. Discipline is vital to a successful life. Without discipline army is reduced to a disordered mob, democracy degenerates into monocracy and social life becomes chaotic and anarchical.

Importance of Discipline

The foundation for all discipline is nature. Facing the effects of gravity, hunger, temperature danger, curiosity and even aggression teaches discipline. It has been said, “Nature is the mother of all discipline.” Nature provides children with experience, challenges, consequences, as well as parents who are intended to be nurturing and to act as protectors, teachers and guides. The outdoors can become a wonderful teacher. Nature offers children real world experiences that parents can use to teach children important skills. Some of these skills include helping children to become aware of surroundings, paying attention as well as working together, cooperation and the relationship between cause and effect.

Discipline is necessary both for the teacher and the students. A teacher is the leader of his charges. He must possess and maintain an intellectual and moral discipline of a high order. However learned and scholarly a teacher may be, but if in his personal life he leads an undisciplined life, he will never be able to win and command the respect and obedience of students. Similarly, only a dedicated and disciplined student can carve out a brilliant career for himself and serve the motherland. Wanton indulgence in indiscipline, strikes, demonstrations, drug-addiction, beating up of teachers in examinations, molestation of girls, boycotting classes, defying the authorities and fighting pitched battles with the police, which has become the bane of student life in free India of today are, in a way, the negation of the very theme and purpose of the student life. Disciplined students are the pillars of a nation’s strength and with their strength of character they can lift a nation to the great heights of progress.

Discipline in Politics

Discipline is the backbone of the political life of a nation. If a political party is torn by internal rife or differences, or if it suffers from groupism or indiscipline, it cannot commend any prestige or following of the common man. If a leader is himself undisciplined, he cannot even dream of becoming a beloved leader of the people. Discipline and democracy go hand in hand. Democracy necessitates a balance between rights and duties, between ‘self-regarding actions’ and ‘other regarding actions’. But if in a democracy discipline is lacking, it with function like a fast running automobile without brakes. It is bound to result in chaos, and be replaced by a dictatorship or a totalitarian government sooner or later.