Smara, Morocco - No one can deny the fact that we are living in a society of sciences and knowledge where information, study, education and hard work should be our values, means and choices to achieve our goals and future dreams. The world is changing so rapidly to the extent that no one knows what will happen in the coming second and in the following hour. The distance between a day and another is similarly like the distance between a minute and another minute.
Smara, Morocco – No one can deny the fact that we are living in a society of sciences and knowledge where information, study, education and hard work should be our values, means and choices to achieve our goals and future dreams. The world is changing so rapidly to the extent that no one knows what will happen in the coming second and in the following hour. The distance between a day and another is similarly like the distance between a minute and another minute.
Time doesn’t only fly; it blows like wind. We ignore when tomorrow is going to arrive and how it is going to be. The only thing that is sure is that tomorrow is going to be totally different. Therefore, those who work hard and study harder, undoubtedly, will be the ones who will enjoy its benefits and eat its sweet fruits.
We all know the story of the grasshopper and the ant. The latter used to work very hard under the sun of summer to collect and store food for winter while the grasshopper was enjoying himself: Singing, hopping and dancing.
In winter, the grasshopper was hungry, cold and starving. As he had nothing to eat and nowhere to sleep, he went to the ant to beg and ask for some food and warmth. The ant answered him that “if you sing and hop in summer, then you must starve in winter.”
I might not be wrong if I say that the majority of Moroccan students and youth have all read and heard this story in Tamazight, Arabic or French either at home or at school. But we have not learned the lesson from the grasshopper as we rarely learn lessons from what we see and what we read.
Most students are, consciously or unconsciously, living on the grasshopper’s paradigm. They are playing the grasshopper’s role. They sleep when they should wake up and work.
They are like a Muslim who eats, without permission, in Ramadan and he or she fasts on the day of the feast. In other words, as we like examples that are related to eating, they are like someone who refused to eat with the people when the dish is on the table. After they finished eating and washed the dishes, he goes to the kitchen to search for what to eat. It is too late.
They lose their days, months and years without storing food, knowledge and information for tomorrow. They do not invest in their brains and minds before the exams. They do not learn from the ant and the good students who work hard to earn good marks before the day of the final exams.
Our youth should understand that the future jobs and the future opportunities will be only for students who get their degrees with great grades and marks after the baccalaureates exams because they have no vision and idea about the future.
They do not know that only the students who get good marks will be accepted in high institutes for good careers. They keep traveling between primary schools, middle schools. Suddenly they find themselves in the high schools with no skills: unable to read or write.
They used to be, like Mr. Grasshopper, good at singing, jumping, enjoying their moments and spending their time sitting in front of their high schools waiting for the girls or the boys and following them in the streets and in public spaces.
We have to reread history and the story of the ant and the grasshopper and stop for a while to think about our future possibilities. What do we want to be in the future? And where do we want to go? Without forgetting that “The main purpose of life is life itself.”
We must decide before it is too late about what we want to be like. There are only two choices: The grasshopper or the ant. To be truthful, this is an existential moment that will affect, positively or negatively, the person you will be in the future.
If you choose to be the ant, then you must be sure that you have taken the right decision. If you choose to be like the grasshopper, then ,dear brother/sister, you should be conscious that you are taking the wrong way and you should revise your priorities and goals in life as long as the occasion is still open.
By the way, it is never too late to correct one’s mistakes and to change one’s priorities and one’s war strategies because as Napoleon said: “We can lose the battle, but we should not lose the war.” Life is a war that we can win or to lose. The choice is yours and ours.
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