Debates on “the humanbeing”, which has been in the scope of researches
in different scientific disciplines in terms of its creation, nature and purpose
throughout the history, still continue today. In company with the new
technology, the rapidly changing social phenomena changes the daily life
and the political, economic and social structures of societies and the effects
of these changes on human beings constitute the basis of the discussions.
The humankind that has become monstrous in the last century has
caused the death of millions of people in the two world wars. The demoralized
Humanity has been threatened by the effect of materialist ideologies
and faced the risk of loss of eternal life. The human also became a double-
faced creature; on one side he became the the creator of knowledge and
culture, inventor, maker of technique and establisher of superior civilizations
while on the other side he became monster able to kill, burn and exterminate.
It is questioned that how the man can find a happy medium and
how he can find the the best course of action.
In this context, it is possible to entitle the century we live in as “the period
in which man is looking for himself ”. While the inquiries about the
existence of human beings created the greatest internal conflicts of humanity
in this century; the quests that will provide inner peace and the meaning
of man’s existence have come to the fore. The associations of the economic
crises with human ambition and greed; assessments on humanity
and conscience in relation to hunger, poverty and continuing bloody wars
threatening millions of people with death can be evaluated as the result of
these searches.
Bediuzzaman draws attention to the diseases saying “The world is undergoing
a great spiritual crisis. A disease, a plague, a disaster in faith born
within the Western community, whose spiritual foundations are shaken, is increasingly scattered over the earth”; and man of modern times who is defensless
to these diseases began a quest for gaining a peaceful life. Today’s
human being feels materially comforted but spiritually hungry and he is in
a new search to make sense of his existence. In this context, Bediuzzaman’s
efforts to remind the purpose of man’s creation who is troubled by the extreme
materialism in the positivisit idea, to introduce the human with the
Lord with infinite compassion, kindness and grace and to build the bonds
between the creator and creatures firmly is of utmost importance.
It is expressed by many thinkers that human-centered diseases, which
have become the problem of our age, threaten the future of humanity. In
spite of that the mutual aims and subjects of the Medina Convention,
Magna Carta Political Convention, Declaration of Human Rights and today’s
Copenhagen Criteria are to prioritise the Human Rights and enhance
them but unluckly are not able to achieve a desired level; this shows that the
mankind should be assessed more ambidextrously . Today, the question of
how to take measures against illnesses such as “self-seekingness, selfishness,
tyrannize on the weaks, injustice, illegal acting…” in the axis of belieflessness
among individuals and societies is sought and there is a strong longing
for a more peaceful world.
At this point, Bediuzzaman’s “Quranic Civilisation” proposal is very
remarkable which is based on the happiness of the majority of societies
against a current civilization based on the might force, self-seekingness,
dissoluteness, conflict and racism those are paving the way for individual
and social moral degeneration. Bediuzzaman’s “powers of lust, anger and of
intelect” approach might be a clue to decode the materialist thought that
evaluates man in terms of economy and benefit and to define the human
being as the subject of the conception of a civilization that will give peace
to all mankind.
Our age is an era of rapid changes. When the social dimension is considered,
the importance of information and communication has increased
and the concepts of human rights, the rule of law, democratization and
freedom have been the main topic of humanity. The state-centered views,
which dominated the last century with the increase of communication facilities,
have weakened and the views aiming to expand the life sphere of individual
have strengthened. As Bediuzzaman has pointed out; humanity is
advancing rapidly towards the period in which freedoms are dominant. The
possibilities of ensuring this continuity and spreading to the whole world
should be examined.
We identified the subject of our 145th issue as husus Human, in the
light of the issues mentioned. We, the Kopru Family, discussed this subject
in a table study in Aksaray. In this issue, we present the notifications presented
in this study. While leaving you alone with our magazine, we hope
to be in the next issue with the title of “Justice and Merit”.