Who are we in this Universe? What does our living basis look like?
Analysing both the house and ‘’a cell’’ from the same perspective, one can get the understanding of the world as a whole. If one parcel is affected, then it accordingly affects all other spheres of our Universe.
The holographic nature of the Cosmos, proclaimed by many scientists of contemporary era (such as David Bohm for instance) proves that clearly. This theory says that our Universe is formed as a hologram so everything is intertwined within its structure as determined by “holographic features” of the cosmos.
The 6th Friday seminar, held in American University of Cyprus, Kyrenia, was based on interdisciplinary engagement which was evoked by the need of our time, as said by Prof. Dr. Kurtsal Özturk and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Adil.
Therefore, the seminar aimed to bring different spheres and institutions together encouraging them to contribute with new ideas and smart thoughts. Interestingly, such a seminar by its organization reflected the same processes that occur within our World – the ones of interaction, synthesis, coherence of various parts and their combination into the unified Whole.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hossein Sadri, internationally renowned activist, architect and the Vice Rector of GAU, explained how first primordial symbols penetrate into human life, affecting its natural flow like clashes and routing our development right from the childhood throughout the time of maturity.
This philosophical statement can be also reflected in the question of our life perception. How do we perceive certain life symbols such as house, for instance? Is it imbued with just a materialistic or more spiritual sense? What sense do we put into words, objects, occurrences, which are also symbolic in their essence?
Connotations of these symbols differ from one person to another and reflect the individual mind-set of each human being, first of all. It happens throughout our life since the very perception of it is subjective. It was “elegantly captured by Asplund” (M.G) and wisely quoted by Prof. Dr. Martin A. M. Gansinger in his book about “Communication in Collectively Improvised Music” : “I don` t know what I have said until you have answered and you don`t know what you have said until I have answered. You show me what I have said and I show you what you have said”. This is the paradox of the communication, its interesting phenomenon.
From a more architectural perspective, what we put into the notion of the house may differ from one individual to another. For some of us it may be something materialistic, on a small scale: building, flat, room. But it can be something in the bigger perspective as well. What will an astronaut perceive as a house far in the vacuumed space, looking at our home planet Earth from such a far distance?
Our Planet is our big Home. The same applies to the Universe as a whole, to the Humanity which is the Union of intellectually and spiritually developed creatures. This global outlook may inspire and encourage to certain extent as well as put certain responsibility onto us….
Speaking about the desire and the need to be free, are we questioning the ability of a human being to be open for the world, to be attached to the environment so that to enable the positive change in it? We are, with our everyday thoughts, words and actions, can influence the life and people around us, as well as the universal flow in general.
Simge Davulcu in her speech went further in the discussion of the global and personal perception of the world around. She unveiled the mysterious field of organic chemistry to the seminar participants introducing the “Carbon Compounds” which are the basis of our world, our body and all the molecules and polymers inside of us.
According to Simge Davulcu the cells can be compared to smart organic houses which are independent yet also subordinate from the whole at the same time. From the molecular atomic level up to the real world scale, in the one stream do we establish the basic living conditions.
Hossein Sadri unfolding the seminar’s topic further on made a very interesting comparison: as architects we are looking at house models from above instead of looking at them from the actual perspective and scale. Similar attitude can be attested in regard to the parental-children relationship when the elders insert the psychological advice into the communication process with their kids, and look at their matters from above rather than from within.
The question of Human Habitat behaviour was also raised during the 6th GAU Seminar. As stated by Hossein Sadri, the process of inhabiting the new places nowadays make us be dependent on the modern synthetic system while other living beings, animals, are totally independent and connected to nature.
However, humans are recklessly killing the conditions, which make them stay alive, forgetting that we are all interconnected on the planet Earth and even in space. As it was enchantingly said by William Blake, it is crucial…:
“To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour”.
Hossein Sadri investigated the ignorance looking at it from different perspectives. “As shamans say, we are born enlightened. Ignorance appears afterwards.” Human beings are living in the Egosystem putting themselves in the centre. But true knowledge and wisdom make us think of the world as of the global network, permeated by the light of Divinity where all the creatures are interconnected.
As stated by Jonathan Lockwood Huie: “Happiness blooms in the presence of self-respect and the absence of ego….Know that your own life is of infinite importance, as is every other life.”
In this respect, one can refer to significant works by Carl Gustav Jung who wrote about collective unconscious. The collective unconscious is the “reservoir” of all our experiences, instincts and desires, it contains all the intellectual and spiritual achievements. Past, Present and Future are intertwined in this case and somehow embedded in our nature. Unity and Harmony constitute the secret realm of our existence, the universal program of human development….
Authors: Almira Khafizou;
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