Does the Gülen Movement activate negative or destructive processes?
The Gülen Movement does not have an ideology which posits an “adversary” as an object of aggression, and which denies that adversary any humanity or rationality or potential for good. The Gülen Movement systematically and consistently refuses to activate negative or destructive processes. It has for that reason sometimes been criticized for passivism. However, that is not a valid criticism either. In fact, the Gülen Movement encourages a higher motivational level and opens the way for individual and collective responsibility and mobilization. Fethullah Gülen teaches that the principal way to realize projects is “through the consciousness and the ethic of responsibility. As irresponsibility in action is disorder and chaos, we are left with no alternative but to discipline our actions with responsibility. Indeed, all our attempts should be measured by responsibility.”
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