Society’s smallest building block, the family, is nowadays continually losing its significance. Whereas, our children, are our future, get their first education from the family. That’s why children brought up without satisfactory training from the family  constitute a serious threat  for our future.


People dedicated exclusively to their work – workaholics – and consecrate  all their time there, neglect their families. They are not even aware that their children are growing up.One day when they can no longer work or retire,  all the yes-men or ladies  disappear.


They are then all alone with their spouses whom they up till that time had totally neglected. It’s then that they acknowledge the concept of family. Albeit, it is no longer possible to bring back the days they did not live.


There are some among them who say “I am married to my profession,” and don’t marry since they see establishing a family as a waste of time. At old age they yearn for a warm family.


Those who fall in this category are like trees which do not bear fruit: they live alone and die.


And among His signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts): Verily in that are Signs for those who reflect. VERSE 21, THE ROMAN EMPIRE (RUM) SURE 30


No doubt, in order to live in this world we have to work. But when we work we should not lose values which are irreplaceable.


Work to live, but don’t live to work.





(AKIN ÖRSMEN 5.4.2007)



 * The Coranic verses have been taken from the Holy Qu’ran, A. Yusuf Ali, 1975 publication, Pitman Press, Great Britain