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Adam, the first man, and Eve, the first woman, were created together at the very beginning of human existence. This indicates that marriage is natural. Reproduction is the most important purpose of this natural state. A marriage made for reasons other than bringing up new generations is no more than a temporary entertainment and adventure. The children who come into the world through such a marriage are the unfortunate products of a transient emotion.

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A nation’s durability depends on the education of young generations, upon their being awakened to national spirit and consciousness and spiritually perfected. If nations cannot raise perfect generations to whom they can entrust their future, their future is dark indeed. There is no doubt that the main responsibility for raising such generations falls on parents.

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Human generations come and go. Those who have attained high levels of spiritual attainment are worthy of being considered human. Those who do not develop their spiritual faculties, due to their low level of education, scarcely merit being called human. They are nothing more than strange creatures, even though they are descended from Adam. And their parents, to whom they are a burden, are unfortunate to have nurtured them.

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When trees are pruned properly, they produce fruit and their growth improves. If they are not pruned properly, they shrivel and become stunted. Given this, should not each human being, all of whom possess so many talents and abilities, be given at least as much care as a tree?

 

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Those of you who bring children into this world are responsible for raising them to the realms beyond the heavens. Just as you take care of their bodily health, so take care of their spiritual life. For God’s sake, have pity and save the helpless innocents. Do not let their lives go to waste.

 

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If parents encourage their children to develop their abilities and be useful to themselves and the community, they have given the nation a strong new pillar. If, on the contrary, they do not cultivate their children’s human feelings, they will have released scorpions into the community.

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Parents have the right to claim their children as long as they educate and equip them with virtue. They cannot make such a claim, however, if they neglect them. But what shall we call parents who introduce their children to wickedness and indecency, and cause them to break with humanity?

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The child has the same meaning for the continuation of the human race as the seed of a tree has for the continued growth and multiplication of that tree. Any people who neglect their children are subject to decay, and those who abandon them to 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 have little children and pay no attention to them should consider how important an element of a people’s life they are disregarding and shudder.

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The reasons for the vices observed in today’s generation and the incompetence of some administrators and other nation-wide troubles, lie in the conditions prevailing, and the ruling elite, of thirty years ago. Likewise, those who are charged with the education of today’s young generations will be responsible for both the vices and virtues that will be apparent thirty years from now.

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Any people who would like to secure their future, should apply as much energy to the upbringing of children as they devote to other problems. The energy devoted to many other things may go in vain, but whatever is spent for the upbringing of young generations to elevate them to the rank of humanity will be like an inexhaustible source of income.

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Miserable, evil ones in a community the anarchists, the drug or wine addicts, and the dissolute, etc. – were once children whom we neglected to educate properly. I do not know whether we are giving enough consideration to what kind of people will be walking about in our streets tomorrow.

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The peoples who attach due importance to the institution of the family and the education of their young generations – not those who are more advanced in sciences and technology than others -will get the upper hand in the world of the future. The peoples who neglect the institution of the family and the education of their young generations, are destined to be crushed by pitiless wheels of time.

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Parents should feed the minds of other children with knowledge and science before they are engaged in useless things. For souls that are empty of truth and devoid of knowledge are fields in which all kinds of evil thought are cultivated and grown.

 

 

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