Its a bit too late to say Happy New Year but its my blog and i can do and say anything i want whenever i want. :)
So happy new year!!
And at the outset of this grand new year, i'd like to begin it with some quotes which shall serve as a guide to me and who knows, maybe to you. I did not arrange it in any particular order or so that it would make sense.
One, the Quran says 'Read' [96:1]***
Tun Mahathir vouches reading. And although we produce a lot of TV programmes for you to watch, we vouch Tun's view.
In a recent article, whilst Tun never discourages watching television, he encourages reading. The man says ".. reading improves communication. A person who watches television cannot learn to communicate; a person who reads books can. And communication is one of the weaknesses in human society. The ability to convey your thinking to another person is a communication skill."
So watch tv but don't forget to get some quiet time to read.
Note : The context of reading here is the literal context. Whilst it would mean to the intellectual mind 'furqan' aka read our surroundings and differentiate rights and wrong, for this note it just the normal reading of books.
Two, WWF says save the tigers.
Since as per the chinese calendar, this is the Tiger year, lets hope tigers flourish this year.
There are only less than 3000 tigers left in this world.
Life is about balance. At the beginning of the century, there were 100,000 tigers. Now there's 6 billion human being vs 3000 tigers. Balance? Really?
Three, the late Ghandi says there are basically seven blunders of the world :
1. Politics without principles,
2. Wealth without work,
3. Pleasure without conscience,
4. Knowledge without character,
5. Commerce without morality,
6. Science without humanity, and;
7. Worship without sacrifice.
Four, American president, Teddy Roosevelt quotes in 'The Man in The Arena';
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
Yeah. So shut up and start being doers. People who talk without action adalah amat-amat merimaskan.
Five, Nil desperadum aka 'Do not despair' because
“Verily, with hardship, there is relief” (Quran 94:6)