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Nation

by Fethullah Gülen on . Posted in Pearls of Wisdom

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Individuals who have sincerely resolved to be pillars of their nation never allow themselves to neglect even the smallest concern to the nation, even though there may be times when they forget about their personal problems.

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The nation with the best standing consists of people who are unified on all public matters and respect the majority view. It hardly needs to say that the nation’s people should have received a common education of shared values in religion, language, and historical awareness.

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It should be a pleasure for us that those whom we love and who we believe love us warn us against and criticize us for our errors. Otherwise, we may lose many of our friends because of our faults, and remain devoid of an important possibility to correct our errors and mistakes.

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Do not remember the promises that others have failed to keep; instead, remember your own promises that you did not fulfill. Do not blame others because they do not do good to you; instead, remember the chances you missed of doing good to others.

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One of the most important things that weakens us as a nation is that we are simple-minded toward those who deceive us while pretending to be our friends. Do not believe every promise, and do not be misled by everyone who gives advice with a smile.

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If people consider cheating and trickery to be prudence and intelligence, their nation is suffering from an incurable disease. All that is seen as signs of recovery in such a nation are deceptions, like the swelling of a tubercular gland being taken for healthy growth.

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If the people of a nation can establish relationships as strong as those among family members, their nation will develop quickly. On the other hand, a nation whose people do not love and confide in each other cannot be considered a nation in the true sense of the word, and its future holds no promise.