Tarik Günersel introduces the Earth Civilization Project Declaration: The Declaration of Earth Civilization Project, signed by several intellectuals from various parts of our planet, is announced below on Sampsonia Way. Billions of people have contributed to enrichment of life, and hardly any idea can be claimed to be truly original–in the sense of being out of nowhere. Sometimes various atoms of thought get together with certain energies and lead to fruitfulness. Earth Civilization Project is one such step, which will hopefully cause positive chain reactions.
Wait and see? No. Do and see.
If you share the basic approach in the Declaration, then you can consider yourself a part of the open-ended and enriching process called Earth Civilization in Progress.
May contributions lead to contributions.
We intend to focus on the initial steps until Earth Day (April 22nd) in 2014. A secular and democratic world can be built, as a necessary component of EC.
This declaration is also an invitation to you, to all concerned earthlings and institutions. We, as contributing individuals, may not see “the result,” but each step is a result in itself, which will encourage further progress. Earth Civilization is not something that can ever be claimed to have developed completely. It is a process, a work-in-progress. We are aware that such a mission needs contributions from not only hundreds, or even millions of people, but from billions.
We are not unaware of the harsh and bitter facts of life, such as severe inequalities, child abuse, unfair treatment of women, lack of various freedoms, terrible judiciary systems, despotism, racism, exploitation, causing wars for the sake of profit… On the contrary: We are among those who not only see and mention such facts, but also do something about them. Our idea of the Earth Civilization in progress is organically related to such harsh facts of present life, responsibility, and hope.
Various groups and mentalities have different–and sometimes conflicting–histories. Problems could be re-evaluated for the sake of a peaceful future in harmony with human rights, democratic values and nature. Humans can collaborate in the formation of a common cultural denominator–ever to be enriched. History is full of beliefs that have gone out of fashion. Openness to revise our assumptions is one of the values we share.
Photo: Sholeh Wolpe
Thus we start, hoping to meet you on the way, on a path which needs to be built as we go. The countries mentioned in the list of signatories imply not our boundaries nor limits nor where we live but simply our unchosen (but not meaningless) origins on our planet. We trust that our “open group” will widen, enabling more interaction and output in our joyful attempt to embrace all contributions in all fields.
Optimistically–not in the sense that the future will automatically be better, but that it can be better if we do something about it.
Selman Ada (Composer, Conductor and Pianist – Turkey)
Alexandros Adamopoulos (Writer and Translator – Greece)
Ekbal Baraka (Writer, Int’l Chair of PEN Women Writers Committee – Egypt)
Beverly Barbey (Musician and Translator –UK, France)
Teresa Cadete (Writer, President of Portuguese PEN Centre)
Antonio Della Rocca (Novelist, Board Member of PEN Int’l – Italy)
Ferida Durakovic (Poet, Executive Director of PEN Center in Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Adalet Barış Günersel (Educational Psychologist, PhD, and Writer – Turkey)
Tarık Günersel (Writer, Initiator of the project – Turkey)
Katica Kulavkova (Writer, Professor of Literary Theory, PEN Int’l Vice President – Macedonia)
Mohamed Magani (Writer, Academic, ex-member of PEN Int’l Board – Algeria)
Vida Ognjenovic (Playwright, PEN Int’l Vice President – Serbia)
Zeyba Rahman (Writer – India)
Judith Rodriguez (Poet, Melbourne PEN – Australia)
Eugene Schoulgin (Novelist, PEN Int’l Vice President – Norway)
Racine Senghor (Poet and Critic – Senegal)
Bina Shah (Writer, columnist of Sampsonia Way – Pakistan)
Hori Takeaki (Writer, PEN Int’l Secretary – Japan)
Selim Temo (Writer, PhD, Anthologist of Kurdish Poetry – Turkey)
David Walsh (Opera Director, Educator – Canada)
Nelson Wattie (Poet, Translator, Literary Historian – New Zealand)
Sholeh Wolpe (Poet – Iran)
Yang Lian (Poet, PEN Int’l Board Member – China)