Абай Кунанбаев творчество

Стихи, поэмы, биография Абая Кунанбаева

Word Forty-one

Anyone who plans on teaching and reforming the
Kazakh must possess two advantages.

First of all, he must wield great power and immense
influence that would enable him to inspire fear in adults
and take away their sons to send them to school, where
they would be guided along different paths of knowledge,
with the parents shouldering the expenses. It would suffice
if girls were taught Islam so as to make at least strong in
their religion. In that case, when parents, growing feeble
with age, abandoned their regular pursuits, the younger
generation would embark on the right path.
Second, he must possess enormous riches, so as to
bribe parents into sending their children to school, as we
have just said.
Yet no one has sufficient power to inspire fear
amongst the people of today. And no one has enough
wealth to win over all parents.
It is impossible to persuade the Kazakh, convince him
of something, unless you frighten or bribe him. The igno
rance inherited from his forefathers and imbibed with his
mother’s milk has reached his marrow and killed all
humanity in him. Such people, when they get together, can
think of nothing better to do than make strange grimaces
and behave affectedly, whisper and throw out ambiguous
hints. Even if they try to think, they are incapable of соп
centrating on one idea, If you talk to them, they can’t even
listen to you attentively: their eyes glance here and there
and their thoughts wander of.
However shall we live?
What will become of us?

Abay(Абай Құнанбаев)

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