Turkey Top 10 Concepts: Selfness

Selfness- “The point is to be ourselves.” 

“I am Bilge Tonyukuk” 

The Wise Tonyukuk Inscription , 720 AD, Tola River, Mongolia

Line 37.38/Second Stone West Face B2.B3



The network itself does not promise berklig tili

Be the ignorant tili, your word won’t get angry


The language of the mute does not speak

Nor can the tongue of the ignorant hide its word.


Kutadgu Bilig 

Science is knowledge

Science is knowing yourself.

you don’t know yourself

Yâ why is reading

Yunus Emre

Split with my own sorrow

i am literate

Source: My Master Kul Himmet

Location: Erzincan


Spaces (air, ground, sea) will be belted when the Person and the Public can be themselves. The key concept is the self. Bilge Tonyukuk, Yunus Emre and Ottomans were the ones who used the concept the most.

The expressions reflected in Tonyukuk’s lines are the most poetic and assertive expressions of the self literature. It reveals itself in the first line and continues in this way until the last line. “I am Bilge Tonyukuk” is the most concise expression of the self.

This time, Yunus Emre, one of our Sufi pioneers, who uses the concept most frequently and with emphasis after Tonyukuk, tries to reveal those inner values ​​by turning to himself and saying there is a me inside of me” .

After 500 years, the mission of the self, which was expressed by the Göktürks with Tonyukuk, is again expressed as extroversion with strong expressions in the Ottomans.

The existence of more than fifty words derived from its own term in the Scan Dictionary (Cem Dilçin, 2009), which gives the Turkish words scanned from the works written in Turkey Turkish from the 13th century to the 19th century, together with their witnesses, is the proof of how important the concept is.

Like the Göktürks, the Ottomans also showed themselves and developed their own structures and systems. This is the reason for the emphasis on self-concept. The Ottoman Empire, which resisted to be itself between the years 1700-1850, had to adopt the capitalism that did not belong to it and entered the process of collapse. He who cannot overcome himself has also lost himself. A new state was established in order to reach it again and the right of sovereignty was transferred to the people who formed the nation in 1920, and alienation was tried to be overcome. This initiative will be examined in our book “Atatürk and Human”.

Four states established under the name of Turk in history; Turkish Khaganate (Göktürks), Ed Devlet it Turkey (Mamluks), Western Thrace Turkish Republic and Turkish Republic are the structures where the sensitivity of being ourselves is the highest. The Turks, who were able to remain themselves by establishing different states in the continents of Asia, Africa and Europe, also allowed others to remain themselves and did not interfere with their language and religion. Whereas, the Europeans did not allow the people of the Asian, African and American continents to remain themselves, they assimilated the continents and people, thus losing themselves forever.

The keyword of our productive cycle is the concept of the self. The essence of the person, defined by the concept of his city (his own) used in the Bilge Kagan Inscription and Kul Tigin Inscription, is his character. In Turkish Inscriptions, the issue was resolved thousands of years ago.

Disappearing Foundations: The Person and the Self

As of the 2020s, at the beginning of the 21st century, human beings are going through the process of being cut off from their roots and roots, and these roots will no longer be mentioned. The term Z generation, which is ascribed to it, is an indication that the end of the road has already been reached, and that there is no longer any contact with the roots. The founding roots are the person and himself. Both roots are interpreted as directed only within the person, the world outside the person does not exist and thus the personality is considered rootless.

When the roots are destroyed, other concepts that feed on those roots; heart, public, generation, sky and power will naturally no longer exist. Cut off from the world outside himself, the person has become the prey of consumption traps, he has become an automaton. This is what is called the digital person. Networks other than those that make the person strong no longer exist. On the other hand, people are no longer a person’s friend or comrade, everyone is in a deep loneliness, and people are not friends with each other, they are frankly enemies, the looks clearly show this. It also destroyed feelings of apathy, pity and compassion. Obviously, this coercion is made to deny existence and to drag humanity towards extinction.

There is no single entity in the universe that acts alone. All living things need each other, they are in connection with each other. The forcible isolation of people from their emotions and the destruction of their ties with other people is a process that should be seriously questioned. Thus, when the seven main concepts that define human beings disappear, we will now be talking about another entity, a universal entity human, which is now a thing of the past, atomized and fragmented. As a result of the purification and depersonalization of man, he is now another entity.

The Turks when looking at other people, that is, otters, and named human as a person by analogy, the subject they developed awareness was the outward social life of people together as a group at the water’s edge. In the first 20 years of the 21st century, as a result of the complete purification and isolation of people from their social character, the person has transformed into another being and has lost its essence. We can no longer talk about the person. A similar fate does not seem to be in question for humans, namely the Otters. However, as a result of the deterioration in people’s social life, the balances in nature are also deteriorating, and as a result, living things in nature will have to lose their sociality and connectivity qualities. Nature will also have to renew itself.The main thing is the enriched life that exists with relationships, and life becomes meaningless.


Copyright of Photograph by Levent Ağaoğlu, 1998, China 

Copyright by Levent Ağaoğlu


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