Fatih Yılmaz: "Morality First"

Fatih Yılmaz: "Morality First"
Date: 2.8.2023 15:00

Milli Gazete columnist Fatih Yılmaz writes on morality. Here is the full article.

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Human development depends on his own attitudes and behaviors rather than external factors. Its development progresses in a positive or negative direction in line with its own boundaries of acceptance, the curtains it opens to the outside world, and the doors it opens to different ideas and thoughts. There is a cliché saying that every person is the average of five intimate friends they are with.
Although I find this approach correct, I cannot generalize it. Because what we call character is strong enough to defy all kinds of influences. In other words, if a person's character is not well-established, if he has no liver or bad milk, if there is a problem with his yeast, even if a thousand diamonds are gathered around him, it still cannot affect that man.
It is unfortunately not very correct to reject modern times and the psychological and sociological interpretations of modern times. I say unfortunately because there is such paranoia in the traditional mental world. It's like everything new and comment should be rejected.
No, believe me it's not like that. The 21st century competencies that I wrote in series before are one of the best answers to this. Indeed, there are very important competencies that are needed in the century we live in, and there is no choice but to think and work on these competencies. It should not be forgotten that these competencies were already exemplified for us in the life of our Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). We can't just balance correct readings and current interpretations.
We called it human development. Yes, a person's moral development is closely related to the self-discipline he will develop on himself. To give a brief example, if a person who has experienced some difficulties and problems throughout his life wishes, he sees all these experiences as a test and expects better and continues to work patiently for the better.
As he gets angry, he develops a sense of revenge, increases his greed, loses his sense of good and beautiful, and finally embraces a philosophy of life that is separate from the calculations of the hereafter. Although it is not easy to interpret what is experienced correctly, not to act hastily, to say that there is no good in what is, and to smile at fate by saying, wait and see what the divine plan will show, it is the right thing to do.
There is evil in what we know as good, and good in what we know as bad. We do not know, but Allah, the Lord of the worlds, who created us from nothing, knows best. There is no one who does not hear or know these sentences. So, how are we in practice? Indeed, the pace of life presents us with serious difficulties in the application of many things we know. For this reason, it is necessary to take small breaks sometimes. There are great benefits to at least stopping long enough to take a deep breath. Otherwise, it can be very difficult to interpret our experiences correctly.
As man becomes attached to the world, he moves away from the moral. It's just like two plus two makes four. Because the desired things about the world, the sense of absolute possession, are not always within the limits of morality. Virtues such as being contented, content with what is, and being grateful are generally in conflict with being connected to the world. To summarize, human development is also a moral journey. As human life progresses, the awareness of this journey should also increase.
As moral awareness increases, personal productivity also increases. This efficiency is also of the nature to serve very important social developments. For this reason, it is necessary to think carefully about the discourse of "morality and spirituality first". Rather than using this discourse as a slogan, it is necessary to think a lot about the consciousness that this discourse should create in the person and work accordingly.


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