Dr. Akkan Suver spoke on World Peace Day

Saturday, September 24, 2021 - Read: 963
Dr. Akkan Suver spoke on World Peace Day

At the international conference organized online at the United Nations on the occasion of World Peace Day, Dr. Akkan Suver made a speech on behalf of Turkish non-governmental organizations and expressed the longing for peace.

You will find the text of Dr. Akkan Suver's speech below.
Dear Listeners,
I would like to start my words by greeting you from Istanbul from the Marmara Group Foundation.
I find it hard to believe we live on the same planet.
Our planet is split in two!
On the one hand, people laughing and living in dialogue, on the other hand, people groaning in blood, guns and tears!
On the one hand, people enjoying the digital world, artificial intelligence, seas, lakes, forests, winters and summers, on the other hand, people who enjoy taking lives like an executioner who doesn’t show mercy to his own brothers...
Again, on the one hand, parents who prepare a future for their children with dialogue, on the other hand, the regimes that prohibit education for their children...
While on one side of the planet women have a say in business life, politics and academia, on the other side of the planet, women who cannot open their heads, cannot go to school, cannot interfere in work life.
And today we will talk about peace on our planet of misunderstandings like the Himalayan Mountains on one side and the Gobi Desert on the other!
It is within this paradox that I would like to express the longing for peace or a culture of peace.
In order to reach peace and approach a culture of peace, we first need dialogue, then tolerance and then love.
There can be no peace without dialogue. Because if you don't know me and I don't know you, how can I make a judgment about you, what kind of opinion can I have?
For this, dialogue first, more dialogue!
Then tolerance. Who can treat whom and how without tolerance? The slightest intolerance can cause unexpected discord. Everything done can offend, slight and anger the other party when there is no understanding.
For this, tolerance first, more tolerance!
Speaking of love. There will be love so that the concept of the other does not occur. There will be love so that we don't judge people by their color. What is the difference between humans and animals if love does not include our people, even all living things?
For this, love should be an obligation.
Human rights, democracy, rule of law, free market economy cannot exist without dialogue, intolerance and love. Where these do not exist, peace is a utopia. It is a dream.
Our duty is to make this utopia, this dream a reality.
Peace cannot be achieved by shaking hands.
Peace requires respect. It requires grace and refinement.
It requires understanding.
The way to these is dialogue.
Confidence builds through dialogue. Let the countries where no one interferes with their affairs, without leaving their borders, and let them live in the thought of "Peace at home, peace in the world" as Kemal Atatürk said, this is the Nirvana of peace.
I have hope.
I believe that humanity, which invented "Google", created the digital world and created artificial intelligence, will eventually find the way to Peace.
It will reach the dialogue.
I would like to summarize the thoughts of peace shaped with love, tolerance, grace and understanding with a word of Herodotus.
“In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.”