In 1922, Berdyaev, the great Russian philosopher, wrote prophetic words: “In our era there is no more sensitive subject both for our understanding and for life than the subject on culture and civilization, on their difference and relations. This subject is the fate that awaits us.”
While we were make arrangements to set up the Group I met Aitmatov many times. He had an impressive planetary thinking, extensive knowledge and a special gift of prophecy, which only the greatest writers can possess.
Aitmatov seemed to go ahead of the time. He discerned the shapes of the future through the haze of events.
In his speeches, he spoke passionately and convincingly about the necessity to unite the forces of the international community, to create a civilization to all people which should become the synthesis of the multicolored world cultures without any dominant features. Aitmatov urged people to realize that everyone has the right to happiness, that small nations should not be absorbed by large ones. We have to seek peace and accord between nations. The main task of governments and international organizations is to ensure that all people have the right to happiness. He believed that writers, theaters and arts figures in general have the most important role in this matter.
He emphasized the importance of mass media, stressed that journalism should not been apolitical, it should conduct “a charge of positive humanism”. This term is very typical of all his comments.
The power of words must convince, call for goodness, compassion, respect for another culture, work and creativity. All his remarkable novels and stories contain the power of words, call for goodness, for understanding that we all are connected with Nature. His works breath with that purity, which is unfortunately missing in modern world.
At one of the meetings of the Russia – Islamic World group, he said that we are living at a time when we must prevent a clash of civilizations and cultures. We must follow the path of dialogue, cooperation in order to avoid global disasters and self-destruction of mankind.
This man had a knack for analyzing history and mankind. Besides, he understood how modern society works and seemed to see the future. He often said that the problem of mutual understanding in the era of globalization required a strategical vision of the problem rather than an archaic one. In our era, the world’s situation is extremely difficult. There are powerful forces which would like to present this issue as a result of an inevitable conflict between civilizations, in particular, between the Islamic world and countries with European culture or Eurasian integration.
But we should remember that peace and understanding are new modern tendencies. Peace and understanding are the most important achievements of mankind. The ideas of world religions should flock to these tendencies, just like rivers flow into a single sea.
He believed Russia can be called not only an Orthodox country, but also a country with a deep Islamic tradition. History itself made Russia a balancing force in relations of the West and Islam. Russia is prepared to this role thanks to its geopolitical position, history and experience.
He also said that there are two cornerstones on which a great mosque of universal tolerance should be built. The first is unity of the world as the reflection of Lord’s unity. And the second is a life-giving image of the holy Prophet of Islam. His life revealed in details the application of Quranic teachings in practice, in particular, in the relations between religions.
It is known that Muhammad provided his mosque to the Christian delegations from Syria for prayers. In addition to the holy Quran, Muhammad left us two historical documents, quite relevant in today’s world – “The Medina Constitution”, which is the model of a fruitful coexistence of different religious communities within the one state and his “Farewell Sermon”, which contains all principles of equality of all people, and therefore, of cultures.
Chingiz Aitmatov was a planetary personality, he was a man of peace. At the same time he was a son of his nation.
Aitmatov created such vivid images in his works, and it helped Soviet people, as well as many millions of citizens in other countries, to know, or even to see literally a wonderful, pristine nature of Kyrgyzstan, its mountains, lakes and valleys, and its spiritually strong and hard-working people.
There is a saying: no prophet is popular in his or her home country. Chingiz Aitmatov was a prophet.
When you mention Kyrgyzstan, many people recall “White Steamer”. In this regard, if Kyrgyz people write Aitmatov’s name on their flags, they will manage to overcome all obstacles and to preserve their homeland and the homeland of this outstanding person.
It is noteworthy that Aitmatov wrote both in the Russian and Kyrgyz languages. In addition to his remarkable works, Aitmatov will go down in his ory as a symbol of unity between Russian and Kyrgyz people.