Part 2: An Essential Contemplation From Imaam Ibn Qudaamah -[What Should We Do To Free Ourselves From The Mutual Rivalry of Those Who Envy Each Other?]
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
You do not find people overcrowding to view the beauty of the sky because it is vast and unrestricted; therefore, if you are merciful to yourself, then it is obligated on you to seek after a bliss in whose path there is no obstruction and a pleasure that will not cease [i.e. the competition for this worldly life is restricted for its competitors and will come to an end, whereas the afterlife is unrestricted]. And this cannot be found in this worldly life, except by acquainting oneself with knowledge and awareness of Allaah and the amazing nature of His Dominion [over everything].
However, if you do not yearn to acquaint yourself with knowledge and awareness of Allaah and your desire is weak, then neither will you find it nor its pleasure. Therefore, you’re not man enough, because this affair is that of men, for indeed yearning for something occurs after experiencing [or tasting] it. The one who has not tasted will not know, the one who does know will not yearn, the one who does not yearn will not seek, the one who does not seek will not find [anything], and the one who does not find [anything] will be amongst those who are deprived.
Mukhtasar Minhaaj Al-Qaasideen’ page 200. slightly paraphrased