Does Life Consist in Conflict or Mutual Assistance Among All Parts of Creation?


Among the principles of the line of Prophethood concerning the fundamental conditions of social life are mutual assistance, magnanimity and generosity. These are functioning in the reciprocal co-operation of all things—from the sun and the moon down to even particles—plants help animals, for example, and animals help human beings, and particles of food help the cells of the body. By contrast, materialistic philosophy names conflict as the fundamental condition of social life. In fact, conflict springs from the misuse of their innate dispositions by a number of tyrants, brutish men and savage beasts. Indeed, this principle of conflict is so fundamental and general to the philosophers' line of reasoning that they have absurdly claimed: ‘Life consists in nothing but conflict.’


This article has been adapted from Risale- i Nur Collection.