Doga’s Values

Tuz Gölü ‘ne Sadakat (*) Tuz Lake Faithfulness

Doga sees nature as thinking, writing and drawing the entity. These thoughts are not inscribed in the form of ink stains on paper, but as rivers flung upon the sea from mountains, in the harmony of millions of living beings, in the nuclei of atoms and the eternity of the universe. Doga pursues a perusal and reproduction of nature without an intermediary. This is only possible through an understanding of the cyclical logic of nature. Ultimately, the human is nature itself.

Doga challenges competition with cooperation. It strives to re-spread volunteering, collaboration and sharing to replace competitive social relations based on overtaking one another. Essentially, the source of the havoc of nature and the human as a part of it is the ravenous competition between people and the ambition to amplify one’s own wealth only.

Nature has rights inscribed upon leaves, riversides, cloud tracks; rights the violation of which will lead to the destruction of life. Doga believes that all beings are tied to one another in their right to live. Doga aspires to translate the right of nature into the human written languages; for nature’s right is the basis of universal harmony for all including humans, other living beings, and their environment.

Doga works towards hearing, telling and living the indigenous cultures being in harmony with nature for thousands of years, instead of the prevailing culture and way of thought acting through a frantic growth code. It turns to the natural sources of joy present in life and convenes the culture of nature, versus the planet-destructing ways of entertainment and learning dispersing from large centers.

Doga is against all hierarchical, segregating, coercive, imposing, punitive and oppressive formations. It does not discriminate on any nationality, race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, language or faith; nor does it hold one above the other. The essence of Doga is the pursuit of unity in plurality and plurality in unity.

Doga, akin to wandering clouds, blowing winds and flowing rivers, like the birds, forests, and deserts, is borderless. Though founded in Anatolia, Turkey, its work goes beyond borders; flourishes like the pollen riding the wind and fertilizing fruits to convey the culture of nature amidst all spaces and times. Nature is us.

Photograph: © Turgut Tarhan

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