Personalities of affectively, cognitively, and behaviorally equipped individuals who act consciously in mutual interaction with the properties of social and physical environment are shaped usually by means of the socialization process notwithstanding that some have genotypes. Individuals, each as social agencies, enter into sentimental processes such as “worriment and rejoicing” and “liking and loathing” to the extent that they perceive and are influenced by what is going on around. They react to environmental stimulants in the framework of their “own truths they put faith in”. Therefore, different socialization processes create different personalities.
Individuals that have experienced various interactions and enculturation processes under institutional processes and conditions and such as religious, philosophical, political, economic, legal, familial, geographical, historical, linguistic, artistic etc. may express different reaction patterns to the same action, and activity or incident. The reaction patterns, created on the basis of power relations, lean onto the complex relations and interaction mechanisms between “cultural values system”, “social relations structure”, and the “agencies”. This differentiation is analytical, and the nested structure of the said three units cannot be dissociated in actuality. The different interaction processes such as “competition and cooperation”, “contravention and accommodation”, “conflict and assimilation” between the several units that constitute the social shows, albeit partly, the modus operandi of this complex mechanism.
Today’s people are born into a world of reality full of various problems. In addition to the concrete realities such as hunger, poverty, exploitation, unemployment, imprisonment, torture, rape, discrimination, assimilation, war, homelessness, famine, earthquakes, floods, diseases etc., abstract concepts of perception such as unhappiness, inequality, freedom, beauty, kindness etc. are some of the challenging problems in the face of a conscious human. Among these environmental -social and physical- stimulants, the ones which are perceived to be the most threatening and terrifying are the ones the most evaded ones; and the ones which are perceived to be the most pleasant and delightsome are naturally and normally are the most chased ones.
People in many territories of the world are exposed to violence, oppression, and discrimination due to both their different cultural, ethnical, and religious identities also class and gender statuses. Although the cost for effectively resisting the oppression and discrimination has soared under current circumstances, the segments who reject keeping silent against oppression and subjugation have been able to and do put up resistance. This resistance only means doing what is necessary to “be a human” and safeguarding the rights.
While everyone’s and every segment’s having equal rights and freedoms is a necessary condition for “being a human”, taking a stand against the violation of these rights and freedoms is the sufficient condition for “being a human”. Otherwise, the one becomes “the master” if s/he assumes a commanding position, and s/he becomes “the servant” if s/he assumes a submissive position. How must the conscious ones, who can tell the difference between mastery and servitude, deal with these two problematic situation that go beyond the boundaries of “being a human”? They either directly contribute to continuation of the status quo or they feed the system by keeping silent or they reveal and resist the situation. All in all, one out of the three positions “servitude”, “mastery”, and “being a human” -not in the context of humanism- is selected.
Does the changeover from servitude to mastery, or the efforts to cling onto one of these two indeed originate from falling victim to the “absolute truths” presented by the teachings that bless and legitimize “categorical differentiation”, “loyalty”, and “ownership”? What for these dungeons built -be it mental or physical-, exiles sent, resistances suppressed, superiorities and inferiorities legitimized, truths imposed, and blood shed for the sake of “the blind will to power”?
Time to Question Thought Community aims to research, in a scientific and realistic manner, possible solutions for concrete problems such as any kind of inequality, discrimination, exploitation/ colonization, human rights violation, impoverishment based on class, ethnicity, religion and gender, and destruction of natural habitats etc. as well as abstract problems such as equality, equity, freedom, otherization/ alienation etc. on the basis of interdisciplinary studies. For this purpose, the Community thinks of seeking ways to have diversities based upon mutual interests rather than being the reason for conflict and annihilation.
In this context, the objectives are to:
- go beyond the ideational boundaries and challenges (-isms, -ists) posed by the discursive frameworks and ideological disagreements;
- diagnose, detect, identify, and resolve problems of various lifeworlds and life styles on the basis of a multifaceted perspective and realist approach;
- diversify information resources and means of media that aims to recognize and publicize basic problems;
- readdress conceptual frameworks, ensuring that the presuppositions and prejudices against other life styles are re-questioned;
- create, with a view to producing constructive projects, joint study and communication networks between intellectuals and thinkers in line with the resolution of the current problems in power/human relations at varying levels.
November 11, 2012