There is a rapidly changing agenda both in Turkey and around the world. It is virtually impossible to follow this agenda fully.
The killing in Syria is continuing at a fast pace and the murderer at the helm is not inclined to give up any time soon. A group that uses the designation “Islamic” lends support to this massacre -- support, not just remaining silent in the face of it. And no-one asks, or no-one is able to ask, “How can they call themselves Muslims while supporting the killing of Muslims in Syria?” When sectarian fanaticism replaces religious faith, the right to life of other sects is waived.
The undemocratic attempt to amend the Code on Criminal Procedure (CMK) to release defendants in some major coup cases; the Uludere tragedy, in which 34 civilians were mistaken for terrorists and killed by military airstrikes in Şırnak’s Uludere district due to false intelligence; the government’s efforts to ban abortion and curb C-section births, etc., have all left the country in complete confusion. It is not clear which agenda item has been devised to replace which. Everyone talks about everything. Religious values are being ridiculed, family intimacy and female dignity are being destroyed and no-one cares about them. Meanwhile, a true agenda item that cannot be overshadowed by any artificial debate comes and is welcomed sincerely by many: The International Turkish Olympiads find a way into the lives of the general public. It is an organization guided by sincerity, miles away from pomp and display or ostentation. It is an exemplary project made possible by the collective efforts of volunteers. Everywhere across Anatolia you can find the same enthusiasm and excitement. People rush to give a warm welcome to these kids. Every day magnificent images from cities across the country can be seen on TV or in newspapers.
Envious rivalry is a disease. An envious person is a problematic one. People infected by this spirit set their eyes on what other people have and try to get it, and they lose their minds when they cannot achieve this end. They want to control all of the good deeds and, when they cannot have them all, they tend to ignore or defame them. Envious rivalry is like a virus that destroys all good deeds. Anyone who contracts it cannot be saved. Otherwise, certain unfortunate people who live in towers built from conceit and arrogance wouldn’t have the courage to fight hammer and tong with those who carry the flag of modesty on earth.
No, the volunteers of this movement do not expect appreciation from anyone. Their highest ideal is that humanity can live in a world dominated by love and peace. The fidelity of Anatolian people makes them forget about all their trials and tribulations, yet the lack of fidelity from certain friends can hurt them. Nevertheless, they say, “Peace be with you,” to the ignorant people who happen to bicker with them because they are the elect servants of God.
* Süleyman Sargın is a theologian and columnist with Zaman daily.
Published on Today's Zaman, 07 June 2012, Thursday
Original article [in Turkish] was published on Zaman Daily