The Nature&Nurture.

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Nietzsche was expressing the thought that only the strongest were equipped to face the constant inner struggle that marks even our most “peaceful” moments.  The struggle is one of competing drives.  Morality and reason are influenced by and find their expression in the results of this conflict.  Realizing the magnitude of this inner struggle, Nietzsche states:  “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby becomes a monster.  And when you gaze into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.”
Reasoning from Nietzsche’s point of view, you may think you are brave and clever and can stare straight at the hardest questions.

After breaking down layer after layer of ego you may begin to see the truth.

An abyss is the absence of something. More than that, it’s an absence that absorbs any reflection of any “something” that tries to interact with it.

“You” are a “something”.

Staring into an abyss is an interaction between something and nothing. If the nothing is deep enough it calls into question the existence of the something.

The universe is cold and alone and asking you for answers just as much as you are asking it, and this is a terrifying revelation indeed.

Realizing you are that something, that something anchoring the nothingness, that sanity anchoring the insanity, that warmth anchoring the cold, substance anchoring the void, that is a heavy burden.

When you reach those darkest moments life has to offer, when you are pushed out of your comfort zone and reach those moments where you are not sure what to say, or how to act your true nature comes out. When you stare into those dark moments, when no social precondition is tellin you how to act your true nature comes out.

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In my modest opinion politics is, as of today, one of the fastest growing approaches in social sciences and it is important to understand, explain and address the unsolved problems affecting many countries on  both a political and economic dimensions. Political scientists have been called to try and solve these great problems of world politics and I personally felt very involved since the first time I studied theoretical and practical aspects of it. Thus, I came to realize that both dimensions retain a fascination for me, the extent of their interrelation making them a perfect platform for a complete understanding of our world and its future.

Every new course I took in the university showed me that the field of social sciences is like an immense ocean. Therefore, in my second year at the college I concluded that if I was to face the pressing challenges as a decision-maker in this ocean, I would need to be equipped with further training in international affairs. Since that moment, I have been determined not to be content with an undergraduate degree.

In my graduate study, I want to examine the issue of terrorism when it comes to matters of security, which is my special field of interest. However, the core incentives that stimulate me to pursue my studies in security are fairly practical, as well as functional. These are more about one’s passion to serve one’s country than a struggle to gain prominence. So, what do I mean by this?

If you have suffered from a problem for a long time or have faced a protracted and sometimes unavoidable constraint, it is likely that tackling it would be your profession. You would have no choice but to develop methods to overcome it. Lying in one of the world’s most seismically active zones, Japan had to become the leading country in earthquake-proof building construction, and it did. Located in a desert terrain, Israel needed to develop an advanced agricultural system to be able to overcome a scarcity of basic resources, and it did. Yet, having faced devastating security challenges and being located in the world’s most insecure region, Turkey has yet to develop any sophisticated approach towards dealing with crucial security challenges.

My country faces one of the world’s most destructive terrorism problems; one that has claimed approximately 40,000 lives so far. Given that, for example, the death toll from ETA terrorism is 1000 at the maximum, the sheer scale of PKK terrorism is incomparable. Moreover, Turkey has permanently unstable neighbors that host the world’s most ruinous conflicts, and this makes Turkey more vulnerable to every kind of threat. Despite all these hazards and their tragic outcomes, there has been no substantial progress in coping with these threats; neither in terms of diplomacy strategies, nor in terms of academic studies. In my country, the field of security studies is still not considered to be an area worth specializing in. There is not a single think-tank specifically addressing national and international security challenges. In the United States on the other hand, the number of think-tanks and academic studies on security soared on the heels of the tragic 9/11 attacks. Furthermore, experts on security were appointed to the key positions in new government agencies that were created after the attacks. In Turkey however, dealing with security-related issues is still based on a primitive strategy: recruit as many soldiers as possible. Most notably, the diplomatic dimension of security challenges has been largely neglected.

In short, as a nation, we lack experts on security, whom we greatly need both in the academic world and in public services. Most of the scholars that are introduced as security experts are nothing more than former generals. On the other hand, there are only a few academically genuine security experts to develop strategies and implement them, which is quite ironic. And yet, this appears to be a vital deficit I am aiming to help close. I hope I can able to find satisfactory answers to these questions.

Why do I love write?

It all began for therapeutic reasons. I’m one of those introverted people who simply feels a lot better after spending time alone thinking through ideas and emotions. This is a sign, I’ve come to think of a kind of emotional disturbance – a reaction to inner fragility. I wish I were more able to just act and do, rather than constantly have to retreat and examine and think. I believe it’s my mind’s attempt to regain calm and composure because of an otherwise possibly very uncomfortable level of anxiety. The beauty of all this self-examination is that – fortunately – it tells me a lot about other people. If you’re completely honest about what you feel, you’re likely to have a good insight into how others are experiencing things too.

I’m interested in contentment, fulfilment and emotional health. So I’m always on the look-out for areas that undermine a good life and dynamics that can restore us to a bit of wisdom and well-being. I’ve thought a lot about the art and culture , because I’ve found that for me, these were my greatest tonics: they’ve offered me insights and consolation at key moments. My motives are always earnestly about self-improvement. I want to learn more about myself, the world and how to stay (more or less) sane.