Bezel of youth (37)
In this episode, we study youth and its importance in the view of Leader of Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.
The Leader of Islamic Revolution has pointed out: “Youth is a glittering phenomenon and a unique phase in the life of any human being. Any country which would attach significant importance to youths, will be on its path to progress and will make major accomplishments. The topic of youths gains even more importance in countries in which the young generation constitute a major part of the population, such as Iran.”
One of the pivotal considerations of the Leader of Islamic Revolution, which is evident in his speeches, messages, and visits, is the topic of youths. The Leader of Islamic Revolution has been in contact with youths, especially religious scholars and Muslim and revolutionary youths, as an ideological and political guide throughout the years, and is well familiar with the spirit of youths and their needs. Therefore, the fruitful remarks and statements of the Leader of Islamic Revolution are interesting, attractive, and educational for the young generation.
The Leader of Islamic Revolution, as a thinker, a talented author, and a well-informed speaker, has maintained a close bond with youths. The Leader notes: “I have spent my life among youths. At a young age, I formed bonds with university students, and up to this date, I have not lost connection with youths. So, I know about the present day youths, and the characteristic traits of youngsters.”
Youths, who are filled with enthusiasm and sentiments, are after growth and elevation under any condition, and seek the good in life. Obviously, in order to live appropriately, youths need to learn skills and hone their talents. The Leader of Islamic Revolution highlights the characteristic traits of youths which contribute to fulfillment of this goal. The Leader points out energy, hope, and innovation as the three evident traits of youths, while noting that if media would be able to appropriately guide these three major traits, it would be very easy for youths to find the Islamic path. This is because the most important demand of divine religion of Islam from us is to activate our talents.
The Leader of Islamic Revolution, in order to show the importance of youth, urges adults, parents, and officials to pay attention to the characteristic traits of youngsters, and to remember that they had also experienced the young age, while attaching further importance and significance to the dynamic and enthusiastic young generation.
The Leader of Islamic Revolution points out: “Youths maintain a number of inclinations and motivations. Firstly, they are establishing their new identity and want their new characteristic traits to be recognized. Most often this doesn’t take place and parents seemingly do not recognize the youngster’s new identity and character. Secondly, youths maintain a number of sentiments and incentives, experience physical and spiritual growth, and set foot on a new world, which their associates, family members, and other members of the community are most often unaware of, or remain indifferent towards. As a result, the youngster feels lonely. I want adults to listen to these facts and remember their own youth. Thirdly, youths face numerous unknowns, while fresh topics raise a number of questions in their minds. He finds himself facing a number of obscurities and questions, which he seeks answers to; while in the majority of cases, timely and appropriate responses are not at hand. Thus, the youngster senses vacuum and ambiguity. Fourthly, the youngster feels that he maintains huge physical and mental capacities which are not utilized. Hence, he feels pointlessness. Fifthly, youngsters have just experienced adulthood and don’t know much about it. Many developments take place in his life, while he doesn’t realize his duty toward these developments and is in need of guidance. Given that parents usually have jobs, they don’t provide the necessary assistance to youths. Even the centers which are responsible for provision of assistance to youths usually do not serve youths, when such assistance is needed and necessary. Therefore, the youngster feels unsheltered. Youths at times feel lonely and unsheltered, while spotting ample inner capacities and potentials, which are not put to use.”
The Leader of Islamic Revolution puts emphasis on utilization of youths’ talents and their guidance, while pointing out his expectations of youths as acquirement of sciences, purification of soul, and participation in athletic activities. The Leader of Islamic Revolution goes on to remind that youths should make every effort to acquire knowledge.
In the view of the Leader of Islamic Revolution, the most important asset which youths should attain is piety. If youths focus on piety, they have gained access to the most important asset for acquirement of knowledge, participation in constructive activities, and materialization of worldly and spiritual accomplishments.
The Leader of Islamic Revolution also calls on youths to ponder over the topics of importance, noting: “One of the main threats posed against any individual, especially the young generation is not to contemplate about developments, events, and phenomena which take place in the community. The duty of guidance of youths is a major responsibility. Meanwhile, in return, youths are also duty-bound to contemplate over topics of importance. Get used to pondering over the developments which take place and study and assess these developments. If one gets used to contemplation, he will also make use of others’ consultations.”