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Children

by Fethullah Gülen on . Posted in Pearls of Wisdom

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A child has the same meaning for humanity’s continuation as a seed for a forest’s continued growth and multiplication. People who neglect their children decay gradually, and those who abandon them to a foreign culture risk losing their identity.

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Children form the most active and productive part of a community after every thirty or forty years. Those who ignore their young generation should consider how important an element of their own community’s life they are disregarding, and then shudder.

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The vices observed in today’s generation, the incompetence of some administrators, and other social problems are the direct result of the conditions prevailing thirty years ago, and of that time’s ruling elite. Likewise, those entrusted with educating today’s young people are responsible for the vices and virtues that will appear thirty years from now.

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Those who want to secure their future should apply as much energy to raising their children as they devote to other problems. While the energy devoted to many other things may go in vain, whatever is spent for raising a young generation elevates them to the rank of humanity. Such people will be like an inexhaustible source of income.

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Those people in our community who are miserable and lost, such as drug addicts, alcoholics, and other dissolute people, were once children. We failed to educate them properly. I wonder if we are sufficiently aware of the kind of people we are preparing to walk on our streets tomorrow.

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The communities which will dominate the future are those that pay close attention to the family institution and their young people’s education, not those who are more advanced in technology. Communities that neglect the family institution and the young people’s education will be crushed by the pitiless wheels of time, no matter how advanced they are in sciences and technology.