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When the Gülen Movement participants define their kind of altruistic behavior as “competition for the good or better,” what do they mean?

Fethullah Gülen

The behavior they are describing in this phrase concerns not contending interests but presenting the likely best that can be done for the betterment of the conditions of society and humanity. Such competition accepts the set “rules of the game” and is regulated by the rights people are entitled to and by the interests that operate within the boundaries of the existing social order. Such competition is indeed different from those forms of solidarity action which force the conflict to the point of infringing the rules of the game or the system’s “compatibility limits.”

This is supported by the results of surveys conducted by independent organizations, by the ever increasing recognition and acceptance of the Gülen Movement’s cultural services and educational institutions in Turkey and abroad, and by the failure of the legal actions taken by the protectionist elite in Turkey against Fethullah Gülen.

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