Baku, August 12, AZERTAC
Love is wise, hate is foolish – it’s a primary fabric of humanity. In this increasingly interconnected world, we have to learn to accept that some people say things we don’t like – we can only live together that way. But if we want to live together, we have to learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which are absolutely vital for the continuation of human life on this planet. These are famous words expressed by the great philosopher Bertrand Russell that can be applied to understand the philosophy and poetry of Nizami Ganjavi in a contemporary context. Philosophers, saints, poets and all the greatest minds always think of making this world a more peaceful, prosperous, dignified and inclusive living palace for mankind through the patience of love, kindness, affection and building trust.
Love, kindness, diversity and the passions of romanticism are the fundamental principle on which Humanity is based. These human values are the backbone of humanity’s integration into the world. Nizami Ganjavi’s ideas on these values have had a huge influence on Romanticism across the world since the 11th century.
Today, when we remember our great poets like Ganjavi, we finally feel connected to the highest humanistic values of love, kindness, affection, peace, harmony and dignity. In today’s world, Ganjavi’s teachings are most relevant to building peace. The 2030 global agenda for sustainable development can be achieved by promoting the humanistic values reflected in the literature of world civilizations. Poverty, hunger, inequality, tolerance and diversity are the main indicators portrayed in Ganjavi’s poetic expression. Nature, the planet and life are the key determinants that can be easily observed in the literature of these great poets.
Nizami Ganjavi’s philosophy is a humanistic tool for understanding soul and matter, as well as human-nature relationships. The famous “Khamsa” of the poet-thinker stands at the peak of the search for the spiritual riches of mankind and occupies a worthy place among the masterpieces of world literature. Modern concepts of literary theory like the thoughts of constructionism, post-structuralism, and deconstructionism also provide insight into the aesthetics of romanticism. The romanticism of Nizami Ganjavi’s poetry has embraced many facets of human life, from developing infrastructure to protecting human dignity. It is a philosophy of Romanticism that has been widely used in current urban planning, infrastructure development, interior design, and the beautification of cities and landscapes.
In today’s world which proclaims that it will achieve a global agenda for sustainable development by 2030, this means that the inhabitants of the global world want a peaceful, prosperous and inclusive planet where they can live without compromising the share of future generations. The philosophy underlying this development program is romance. It is the romanticism of global sustainable development that has led to the idealization of life on this planet. The remedy for today’s global challenges, according to romanticism, is to return to nature. Nature is a pure and spiritual source of renewal and sustainability.
Today, the world needs inclusive economic growth, where no one is left behind – and ensuring the social connection and diversity to enable that end. This is juxtaposed against a global stage that is a mess, where our systems are overwhelmed, cooperation is fragile, and COVID-19 has confused people. World leaders must focus on the SDGs they have set – and not delay them. The world order needs good will and a certain sense of good neighborly relations.
Azerbaijani national poet Nizami Ganjavi inspired romanticism in Europe and other parts of the world. For example, the great pioneers of Romanticism in Europe, including John Keats, William Wordsworth, Mary Shelly and Shakespeare, were inspired by the philosophy of Nizami Ganjavi.
Nizami Ganjavi inspired humanity with the philosophy of Romanticism, to make this world a place of growth, opportunity, excellence and sustainability for all – and for future generations. Nizami’s work can be translated into the policies and practices the world needs today. The 21st century needs trust. We cannot have inclusive growth if people, communities, countries and regions do not trust each other. Leadership would be based on the virtues of love, care, responsibility, tolerance and dignity if rooted in Nazami Ganjavi’s vision. All of these qualities enable and can result in more confident relationships and outcomes to meet the urgent need to achieve the SDGs the world is striving to achieve. Nizami Ganjavi’s philosophy centers on human nature as a child, emotions and feelings, the wonders of nature, individual celebrations and the value of imagination. The intellectual foundation of this philosophy rests on intuition rather than induction.
The indicators reflected in Ganjavi’s teachings are closely linked to revolutions and democratic movements around the world. These lessons underpin the policies and practices we need – and must – achieve for the Sustainable Development Goals today. Nizami’s ideas inspired us to consider exhilaration, beauty, inventiveness and ultimately love of nature. Without idealizing and celebrating trust between people, communities, countries and regions, the world cannot achieve inclusive growth.
In conclusion, Nazami Ganjavi’s teaching can help us face global crises, which can – and should – be lastingly resolved through trust, dignity, love and mutual understanding.
An award-winning strategic communications expert with nearly 10 years of experience as a social change advocate, climate activist, freelance journalist, global youth leader, founder of the Pakistan and Azerbaijan Alumni Association and expert on the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict and sustainable development of the United Nations Goals.
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