Wijdan Center moves from the concept that a nation’s conscious is a combination of its rational and emotional composition; as the main pillars of any nation are its awareness, ideas, values and feelings. Our Arab communities, in their quest to emerge from their current conditions, need to align themselves with effectiveness and progress by having a value system that consistent and in harmony with the spirit of history, facts of present reality, and future aspirations. This is what the Wijdan Center is endeavoring through the identification of eight basic aspects that the center seeks to enrich through researches and articles, as well as producing media content according to the following:
Grand Perceptions of Values
How do we view Human?
Are humans originally honored? Is freedom a right to every human so they unleash their energies and capabilities in different life aspects? Or is the principle to besiege and subdue them to become easy to direct and control? Is the basis of our dealings with each other is compassion? And is justice what governs our attitude and our behaviour? How do we view the areas of justice, compassion, dignity and freedom; and their interrelation with human nature both philosophically and realistically?
How do we view Nature?
Is man responsible for discovering the secrets of the universe, or is it just an existence that societies have nothing to do with understanding and exploiting it? What is the role of understanding the laws of the universe in the progress of nations? What is the relationship of nature and its secrets with the way we have been raised in our societies? Do our educational curricula and our family incubators enhance closeness to nature or intimidation and distancing from it?
How do we view science?
Is our approach to dealing with reality and its sciences relying on evidence and evidence, or is it adopting preconceived answers, memorizing and repeating them? Is our relationship with science built on criticism and review, or do we adopt axioms as final facts that cannot be examined? Do our educational and work institutions allow its members to ask questions that enable them to explore the unknown and to approach the new and develop it?
How do we view Work?
Is it a relationship of action and its effectiveness, a relationship of withdrawal, or is it confusion and hesitation? Does a human make their own future or are they merely a helpless cog wheel in a large cycle? How can the values of perfection, improvement and quality be activated in the various aspects of our life as necessities that cannot be abandoned to build our progress and renaissance?
How do we view time?
Do we view it as wealth, or do we consider it a burden? Do we spend our time in advancing our present and formulating our future, or in reviving our past and reproducing it? What is the real value of time? How does time influence the progress and backwardness of societies?
How do we view the Hereafter?
Is the Hereafter a psychological drive to master and work in this life? Does good deed, to us, include everything that benefits people and society, or is the matter limited to some individual ritual worship? How can religion be a catalyst to unleash the human’s scientific and cognitive energies and to compete in doing good in various aspects of life?
How do we look to the close Other?
The self has a space between self-respect that leads to respect for the other, or self-sanctification and contempt for the other for sectarian, ethnic or religious reasons. How do we transform the diverse cultural components into one force to build a cohesive society that has common values that enhance its cooperativeness, competitiveness and productivity?
How do we view remote communities?
Is it a view that ranges from constructive cooperation to hostility and belittling? Is our relationship with societies based on acquaintance and closeness to understanding, or on stereotypes and prejudice?