Every one is born with special qualities. But, these qualities are given in the form of “potential.” It is the duty of everyone to discover this “potential” and make it an “actuality” through wise planning. Each of us is required to play a heroic role in society. An individual can do so only when he discovers his “unique quality” and tries to realise it through objective planning.
Just as a person has been endowed with a “unique quality”, he has been given a “unique mind”. If a person objectively utilises his mind, he will be able to perform that special role for which he is destined. To do this, one has to prevent oneself from becoming the victim of prejudice, reactionary thinking, a superiority or inferiority complex, overestimation or underestimation of one’s case or allowing external factors to condition one’s mind. These are derailing forces, and if one can save oneself from them, he will emerge as the hero of his time.
Apart from these internal exercises, there is a supporting element in the external world ———– a merit-based society where an inherent process is initiated, which can be described as “automatic channelization”. When a person sets out in life, there are a number of options open to him. He may enter a profession, and then discover that he is not excelling in it, so he tries another option, excels in it, and finds that society is giving him exactly what e deserves. He then adheres himself to this role and devotes his energy to it until he emerges a hero.
For the supporting factor to function properly, the condition is no favour. The individual should know that he will not be able to gain a position unless he merits it. This is termed “automatic channelization” ——— a form of internal mechanism.
Discontent is innate in every individual, and it is this discontent that pushes him towards other options if he feels he is not excelling in the course of his choice. To develop a heroic personality and build a better society, it is important to follow the course of nature. The natural course for a person is to discover himself through self-study. He should not let himself get distracted by anything else, or let any excuse intervene in this matter. No one else should be allowed to dictate to him, but he should rather aim at his discovered target with an uncompromising spirit.
The other responsibility is of the system. It is the duty of the system to run society on a purely merit-based principle.
——– Maulana Wahiduddin Khan.