This Essay is 500 words long that will demonstrate that Example is Better than Precept. In this fine essay various examples are given to show you the power of practical work.
By the term example is meant a fact, act or thing that illustrates a general rule. By precept is meant a theoretical advice explaining a principal to be followed for achieving some end. But example is always better than and preferable to precept for the following among other reasons.
A precept, as said above, is a piece of advice couched in language and is given to enable one to do something. But no amount of advice or lecturing can make a lasting impression upon the mind unless and until a practical demonstration is given. In practical classes in science, students are taught that one thing is added to another produces a third thing quite new and unthought-of before. The lecture, howsoever efficiently it may be delivered, and howsoever attractive it may be but fails to produce the desired effect on the students. When, however, they are taken to the laboratory and shown how the mixture of two things (e.g oxygen and hydrogen) produces a third thing (i..e water). The demonstration makes in impression upon their mind. If a volume of advice is given to a boy who is eager to make a cage for his bird.in respect of how to make it. He will fail to make it. But if a cage is actually made before his very eyes he will certainly learn the art. It will be seen that example is better than precept.
The word, precept is generally used in reference to moral codes. Here example is also better than precept. A man who desired that his son should not lie should give up lying himself. If he himself lies and advice his sons not to lie, his advice will have little or no effect on them. If a spiritual leader denounces drinking wine and himself drinks it. He will never succeed in making his followers desist from the vice of drinking. Once a manwent to Hazrat Muhammad SAW and sought his advice as to how to correct his son who was too fond of sweets. Hazrat Muhammad SAW himself was very fond of sweets. He thought within himself for some moments and of then asked the man to see him some days later. Hazrat Muhammad SAW gave up eating sweets and when the man came to him again. He said “Ask your son not to be so fond of sweets for it is harmful for health”. Hazrat Muhammad SAW felt that when he himself was fond of sweets, he had no right to advice the man to ask his son not to be so fond of sweets.
Man by nature is imitative. What he sees makes a deep impression upon his mind and what he hears. Example is therefore in all circumstances better than precept.