The end goal is not happiness, let’s start from there.
In an effort to be happy, you realize that happiness is a fickle goal. An unworthy goal. Happiness is just too fleeting an emotion to peg your goals around.
The pursuit of happiness (great movie though), really becomes futile. The pursuit of usefulness is where it’s at.
The gauge of my life’s success is that when all is said and done, I am graded as being the most useful to those around me. That, in my considered opinion, is the central goal: be useful.
I can educate more.
I can get into public service.
I have had limited exposure to both fields. Both can and do serve the end goal of being useful.
Some people find politics to be repulsive, because for many “being a politician” is code for “being a liar and a cheat”.
Some people, though not as many, are weary of being an “educationist” because “those who can’t do, teach” and teaching to them seems to be an escape from actually doing things.
Both objections have merit. And both objections can easily be accounted for and navigated around: you can choose to lose ground but not give away your ethics, you can choose to teach what you have done.
But in the grand scheme of things, I wanted to share this here for you to consider: education is the only thing known to mankind that changes what we call culture. Politics is execution, administration and service – all very important. But if my objective is to be useful to as many people as possible, I feel it is imperative to educate people towards their highest potential.
How to educate?
There is tons of what we call “success literature” that needs to be assimilated in light of the Quran and the Sunnah. And then that literature needs to “translated” into bite sized forms for modern-day consumption.
That kind of education is incredibly useful and most importantly, severely missing.
For the next few quarters, God willing, focus will be education.
Teaching what exactly?