Subordinate Personal Interest
“If our young people learn to befriend all, to help other people at all times, subordinate personal interest to the welfare of others, eschew violence of thought, word and action. I am sanguine that the attainment of universal brotherhood is possible and within our reach. So I wish you Godspeed.”
- Mr. Jinnah / Quaid-e-Azam
- Speech: Service before Self
- Context: Message to Pakistan boy scouts
The international economic system has become global, while the political structure of the world has remained based on the nation-state. Competing interests among nation-states hold the ever-present risk of war which could produce a global crisis.
On a psychological and individual level, the people of Pakistan are building a friendly spirit towards every creed, ethnicity, religious sect, race, gender, nationality and sexual orientation. Various nations and regions with their diverse histories and cultures can harmonize if we lead with a friendly spirit, especially towards groups of people who have been historically marginalized and discriminated against.
We will lead with the charitable spirit of helping other people, rooted in empathy aspiring to restore and maintain the dignity of man. Achieving meaningful socioeconomic progress requires sacrificing personal interest to the welfare of others. We will exert ourselves to radically improve our education, ensuring that the poor, as well as the rich, are able to run for elections and that healthcare is made attractive at all levels.
It is common knowledge to any student of history that Muslim, by definition, commits to living in peace. Everything can be achieved by mobilizing and organizing our community peacefully towards our cause. Those who try to motivate and enrage an impassioned youth towards violence are in fact damaging the prestige of Pakistan. History offers no respite to countries that set aside their commitments or sense of identity in favor of a seemingly less arduous course. Therefore we must remember that Mr. Jinnah achieved Pakistan by the might of the pen and not by the sword, an unprecedented achievement in human history.
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