Winter 2001 (9.4)
Experiences - These Past Ten Years
Let me tell you the difference between our generation and the
generation growing up today. It relates to the economics of life.
The most important things for us are not financial, but spiritual.
So I think the values have changed.
Myself, I studied for 20 years. But today's generation says,
"So what?" In their opinion, I gained nothing because
I don't have a big house or a Mercedes. But what I have in my
heart, they don't have.
So I would tell my grandchildren how values have changed during
these ten years. I would advise them to enlarge their hearts,
not their pockets. Money makes your hands dirty, but no one can
take away that pure feeling in your heart. You can only take
it and share it with others. And if you do art, this means that
God has given you a special talent among the people. If you keep
this power to yourself, it will die away. But if you transform
it into something, and return it to thousands of people, it will
I think that not only the next ten years but for the next several
decades, the main problem will be the purification of the heart
and spirit. It hurts me that now there's a thing in Azerbaijan
called "Wolves' Rules", which refers to the strong
swallowing the weak. In order to fight it, people have to understand
it within themselves. And I think that mainly depends on artistic
people because throughout history, it's the artists who have
led the people.
(9.4) Winter 2001.
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