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Love for Knowledge

While attempting to obtain a love for knowledge and willpower to think, one must not overlook reality or disregard past experiences. One must relate to the “sense of reality” under the watch of reason and control of conscience, and consider it on a par with one’s ability to taste, smell, and touc...
| M. Fethullah Gulen | Issue 141 (May - Jun 2021)

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Love for Knowledge

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  • The way of moderation is to observe cause-and-effect relationship, while being in full submission to God.
  • Social problems cannot be solved by the suppression of thought, nor by a simple change in political power.
  • In the face of obstacles we have no other choice than to struggle against them with a love of truth, knowledge and understanding.

While attempting to obtain a love for knowledge and willpower to think, one must not overlook reality or disregard past experiences. One must relate to the “sense of reality” under the watch of reason and control of conscience, and consider it on a par with one’s ability to taste, smell, and touch. Houses of knowledge, centers for research, and the symposiums that they hold must support and stimulate a love of knowledge. It is essential that we all support this cause.

The way of moderation is to do everything necessary in terms of causes and do it prudently and insistently; yet moderation is also full submission to God so much so that nothing can come between a person and their trust in Him. Cause-and-effect relationship must be observed at its best, yet without giving way to extreme determinism. I am not sure how much flexibility in this matter would be welcomed, but I think at the very most one can be open to a conditional, moderate type of determinism. At least this much of openness to causality and cause-and-effect relationship has existed among the circles of the faithful throughout the history, with certain varying interpretations.


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