In my AP Language and Composition class in 12th grade, my teacher had us do various writing exercises. Today, I was digging through old documents and found this particular piece where we were assigned to “imitate” another piece of writing. I had chosen to imitate a portion of a speech by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan. So, here I am… sharing it with the world!
Without love in our life, we are nothing. Love is something that is unexplainable, unexpected, and uncertain. It is an emotion that is naturally felt by every human being, one thing that we long for, but also one thing that we end up despising. It is love that gives us a glimpse of the highs in life, and then gives us a peak into the lows. It is love, the unexplainable feeling we get, that sometimes makes us blindly content. Love is something that comes out of nowhere and shows us things we would normally disregard. Love makes us greatly appreciate what we do and do not have in life.
We have a give and take relationship with love. We like to give love in many forms –we like to compliment, hug, send gifts– but we enjoy receiving it more. This is where the balance goes askew. As humans, we tend to like it when our lovers — whether it be our family, friends, or significant others — treat us in a superior manner. And when we do not receive the affection we crave, we become uncertain of our relationships. Love makes us feel many things, and in many ways. But, if we all learn to let go of our high expectations from this euphoria-like emotion, we all may be happy. If we decided to take what we get and give what we can, we can experience love at a much deeper level. Don’t take feelings and people for granted, especially when associated with love. Life is full of love, and love is essentially life.
No individual or people can achieve anything without industry, suffering, and sacrifice. There are forces which may bully you, tyrannise [tyrannize] over you, and intimidate you, and you may even have to suffer. But it is by going through this crucible of fire–persecution which may be levelled [leveled] against you, tyranny that may be exercised, the threats and intimidations that may unnerve you–and it is by resisting, by overcoming, by facing these disadvantages [and] hardships, and by suffering and maintaining your true convictions and loyalty, that a nation will emerge worthy of its past glory and history, and will live to make the future history greater and more glorious not only of India but in the annals of the world.
Eighty millions of Musalmans [Muslims] in India have nothing to fear. They have their destiny in their hands, and as a well-knit, solid, organised [organized], united force can face any danger; and withstand any opposition to its united front and wishes. There is the magic power in your own hands. Take your vital decisions–they may be grave and momentous and far-reaching in their consequences. Think [a] hundred times before you take any decision, but once a decision is taken, stand by it as one man. Be true and loyal, and I feel confident that success is with you.
-Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s Address to the All-India Muslim League, October 1937
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