Discipline is the most indispensable quality of life. It plays an important role in every walk of life. It is the greatest law of nature. It is, therefore, essential for every person. It is the symbol of civilization. It is the backbone of character.
The word ‘discipline’ comes from the word ‘Disciple’ which means a learner. So, discipline means learning a code of conduct. It means learning to obey and observe certain rules which are necessary for a peaceful life. Thus, discipline means a training that teaches self-control, obedience, cooperation and orderliness.
Discipline plays an important role everywhere in school, family, factory, office, military and nature. Nature follows strict discipline. Every object of nature works according to the fixed and set principles. The sun rises in the East and sets in the West. The earth continues moving around the sun. The sun itself moves around another star. The various stars and planets have gravitational pulls. So, everything in the universe continues in the set position. We cannot imagine what will happen if a slight disturbance takes place. Everything will come to a dead-end and we shall be no more.
At the social and national level, discipline means mutual help and cooperation. Our progress, strength, stability, mental peace and prosperity depend upon discipline. It is a discipline that teaches us to subordinate our selfish desires to the greater interest of human society. If every person does what he considers good for himself alone there would be all disorder. This will lead to quarrels and violence.
The most desirable quality in armed forces is that of discipline. A soldier must do whatever he is commanded to do. It is the central command which makes plans to strike. The business of the soldiers is to obey without question. If the soldiers begin questioning the orders, no war can be won.
Discipline in a family is most important. Home is the nursery where we learn the first lesson in discipline. We learn it through obedience to our parents and elders. It is through discipline that every person does the allotted role. Family life would be ruined if every person does whatever he likes.
Discipline is equally important in schools and colleges. Students must learn to respect their teachers. They must learn class manners. There should be a healthy understanding between the teacher and the students.
We need discipline in the playground. The players must follow the rule of the game.
No office can run without discipline. Every official must know the duties of his office and work accordingly. Otherwise, everything will come to a fuss.
Discipline is not contrary to freedom. It brings freedom. Freedom is not the law of the jungle. It is regulated behaviour.