Адам баласын заман өсіреді
Ер - артық сұраса да азға разы болады, ез - аз сұрар, артылтып берсең де разы болмас
The twenty-fourth word 1 October, 1894

The twenty-fourth 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.

The earth inhabits more than two billion people; the Kazakhs are about two million.

The Kazakhs seek their own way to wealth, knowledge and mastery of the craft, and their own way to make friends and enemies.

They have their own idea of boasting and strength. The Kazakhs differ in everything from the other nations: stalk each other keeping watch over, feud with each other, without going to sleep, rob themselves. But in the world there are the cities with a population exceeding three million people, and lots of people bypassed all the land three times can be found.

Why we are not interested in the lives of other nations? Are we destined to be at loggerheads with each other?  Do we have to be a laughing stock in the eyes of the world? Or, maybe, there will be a day when stealing, lying, gossip and hostility will disappear among the Kazakhs, when the Kazakhs will learn how to multiply their flocks by honest means and they will learn the art and craft of other nations, when they will possess the knowledge? I cannot believe in that when I see how two hundred people crave for a hundred heads of cattle, and I know that they will not stop until they destroy each other.

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