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    • christoph
    • 15.02.07 | 18:07 (IST)

    "Turkish society seems to have succeeded in making the transition to modernity by adapting Western values: secularism, freedom of thought and belief, and of course, democracy." Secularism has brought loneliness rather than happiness. Typical secular countries are: a) Germany: Lacking common values except "work", everyone is each other's competitor. The population's left to materialism of its worst kind: People seek safety mainly in ownership. b) Syria: National coherence is kind of being forced from above, usual nationalist rhetorics give the people something to believe in. c) France: Tried to replace the belief in God by believe in laicism. In the big towns we can observe that the lack of timeless values and cultural relatedness leads to looking for salvation in fashion. d) Israel: If it's called the "Jewish" state, this means, its inhabitants share some common genes. Defending this race by arms and by reproduction is the common consensus. Not very helpful in everyday li

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    First published 00:00 15.02.07 | Last updated 00:00 15.02.07
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