The twenty-first word 1 October, 1894

The twenty-first word

Abai Kunanbaev is the Shakesphere of Kazakh literature. His Book of Words, «Kara Sozder», created by the great thinker constitute an ethnic philosophical work. This creation of his is an exploration of Kazakh national life in the second half of the 19th century. He influenced social affairs in the country where he lived.

You can’t be saved from the praises. Some are praised for not boasting themselves. These people have the high name. They consider themselves to be beyond any praises and care most about how to avoid of being branded as stupid, thoughtless, shameless, spineless and useless. They are afraid of being branded as liars, extortionists and gossips, considering the carriers of such qualities to be ignoble people, and, of course, put themselves above them. This is the property of smart and conscientious. For them it does not matter that they will not be praised, but that they will not be classified to the category of miserable.

 Others, conversely, are doing their utmost to deserve flattering comments. They are happy when they are patted on the back and called batyrs or daredevils. And the strange thing is that they don't want to hear bad words about themselves, preferring to remain deaf. This is the real boastfulness, and those who possess it can be divided into three categories. First seek the praise that would impress even strangers. Representative of this kind of boasters is, of course, a fool, but at the same time is a person.

The second achieve praise to shine among their people. We certainly have a deal with a fool and a defective person.

The third, like the cheapskates, scrape praise that will be appreciated at least in their own home. These are, of course, from the kind of idiots.

And what is also curious. Anyone who wants to be visible in the eyes of the enemy is seeking to be raised on the shield by people. Anyone who wants to be worshiped by people covets praises of his compatriots. And among close relatives a bouncer is his own judge and, of course, raises himself up to heaven.

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