Those who wish to predict
a nation’s future can do so accurately by analyzing the education
and upbringing being given to its young people.
Desires resemble sweets, and virtues resemble food that is
a little salty or sour. When young people are free to choose,
what are they likely to prefer? Regardless of this, however,
it is our obligation to bring them up to be friends of virtue
and enemies of indecency and immorality.
Until we help our young people through education, they are
captives of their environment. They wander about aimlessly,
moved by intense passions and far away from knowledge and
reason. They can become truly valiant young representatives
of the national thought and feeling only if their education
integrates them with their past and prepares them intelligently
for their future.
Think of society as a crystal vessel, and of its young people
as the liquid poured into it. Notice that the liquid assumes
the vessel’s shape and color. Evil-minded champions of regimentation
tell young people to obey them instead of the truth. Do such
people never question themselves? Should they not also obey
A nation’s progress or decline depends on the spirit and consciousness,
the upbringing and education, given to its young people. Nations
that have raised their young people correctly are always ready
for progress, while those who have not done so find it impossible
to take even a single step forward.
A young person is a sapling of power, strength, and intelligence.
If trained and educated properly, he or she can become a “hero”
overcoming obstacles and acquire a mind that promises enlightenment
to hearts and order to the world.