From Individual Control to NGO’s

by Assoc. Prof. Dr. A. Gurhan Fisek

One of the most important problems that our country lives through today is the weakness in individual control mechanisms. The organisations and representatives claiming that they are acting on behalf the individuals, in fact, are predominantly expressing their personal desires and yearnings. While doing this, they are frequently benefiting from the methods of social psychology, communication tricks, and brainwashing. This deception brings about additional alienation of governmental structures from individuals.

The themes such as increase in the political participation, people?s rights to comment and decide on governmental issues, and etc. have started to be discussed oftentimes. It is due to the discomfort against this alienation. However, it is not basically enough to say ?participate? only; even the participation is sustained, individual control mechanisms remain insufficient at this time.

We should then seek for the conditions and ways by which individuals could be more active in front of the social and political problems. In fact, the essence of all the control mechanisms in a society is based upon control of the individuals.

  • Today, the most of the non-governmental organisations are in the position of alienation from their base. The most evident indicator of this alienation is that only a very small number of executive committee members in these organisations are undertaking all the responsibilities and carrying out the works.
  • Individuals have dreams and ideals. Before anything else, individuals should be encouraged to dream and to have an ideal from the early years of their childhood. In the future, they will be struggling for realising themselves, and following their dreams and ideals.
  • It is very important for an individual to know his/her rights. The most important precondition for achieving this effort is that children and their rights should be respected.
  • An individual should persistently question things. In this way, s/he would discern every aspect of any subject, and be saved from falling into traps.An individual should display his/her differences at the every aspect of life. S/he should expect that the people around are respectful to these differences, and s/he should be concerned and responded on that ground. Also, s/he should willingly exert her/him self to get these. In order to achieve this, s/he should both educate her/himself individually, and be continuously stimulated by the society. Because of this, ?Individual?s Control Education? is valid throughout the life.
  • It is important to transform every individual into a qualified and productive labour element. This, on the one hand broadens one?s horizon, on the other economically guarantees her/himself and increase her/his productivity.
  • Each and every individual confront with many wrongs and injustices throughout the life. It is important what and how they respond. At that point, it is important to underline the combining efforts of these individuals reacting to the same wrongs in an effective way. And on that point, either the NGO?s in which these individuals are involved would undertake this struggle or these organisations would be ignored (allowing the appearance of new societal organisations). All these organisations should be acting as a co-ordinator at the centre of productive and active members, while combining different efforts of these members and regulating different frequencies of these efforts.
  • The elections and demotions of the representatives, delegates and etc. in these societal organisations composed of active and productive members are determined according to different regulations. Dynamism reflects its basic characteristic on these issues as well. As you see, it is the only time when participation, having a right to comment and decide on something are sustained.