Free Brains in Free Bodies

Çello Palo Alto San Francisco

Obama wins the election and at his first speech he praises his rival Romney and thanks him. He says “He worked a lot”. He says “ We will fall and stand up together.” He says “Our differences make part of the freedom of USA”. And Romney congratulates Obama and says that he will pray for his success.

While watching this and questioning the rarely found concepts of kindness, unity, respect and reconciliation in our country, I open my computer: There is an e-mail from the CEO of E-bay ,John Donahoe, celebrating the 11 .Year of collaboration: It reads: “We want to say thanks and let you know how much we value having you as an eBay community member”.

Oh yes I was in the USA to visit eBay, Google and Facebook last week anyway. I wanted to look at the photos I took there: There was a girl at the side of the road when I was walking on the University Drive in Palo Alto, San Francisco. She wrote “Please help me buy a bigger cello”. She believed that! Her purpose was not money anyway. I felt very happy when made a small contribution.
Cello Las Vegas Strip

I had another cello photograph. I took the photo of the two boys making music on the main street Strip in Las Vegas. While I was listening with awe Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal cello version I saw what: They put a QR code for the social media they prepared themselves. No way man!

When in Vegas, you should see the hotels and look all around you in the casinos. Which liberty understanding is it then, that reserves a seat for people with disabilities at the blackjack table and not let anyone else to sit there? Ok for the parking places, restaurants, game parks but when I entered the WC, what I saw there simply rode tears to eyes: A sink that was 1.5 cm lower than the others!

Which CEO or General Manager or Board of Directors of a multi-million dollar e-commerce company ever got a system designed for people with sight disabilities in Turkey? Which one of them tries to do anything to enable an armless veteran place an order? Sycophantic bloggers, twit thinkers, of course, can advertise about them. It will be unfair to blame someone from the e-commerce sector for an understanding that does not exist in Turkey like in USA.

Will it be the same yesterdays and today of our know-it-alls? As late Jobs says: are we going to keep on selling sugar water or are we going to change the world?

I started to write with Obama’s speech, I was at my computer. I read what our opposition party said while the US rival leader was saying that he would pray for Obama’s success.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking at the AK Party group meeting, criticized CHP with harsh words and likened Kılıçdaroğlu to the “Hapless Bedevi”. Kılıçdaroğlu answered “You are the one who wanders in the deserts. Turn around and look in the mirror, you will see the Bedevi. But beware of the polar bears while wandering the deserts”.

2 comments to Free Brains in Free Bodies

  • Tebrik ediyorum cok güzel bir yazı olmuş. Ne yazikki medenilesmeyi biz Türklerin hala yanlış anlamış olduğumuzu bir kez daha hatırlattı bu yazı bana. Gecen hafta Kopenhag’taydim ben de 400 km bisiklet yolu sırf merkezde varmış çalışanların %55 i ise bisikletle gidiyor. Otobüse bineni görünce oturanlar kafalarını camdan yana çevirip ‘gozgoze gelirsem kaymak zorunda kalırım’ demeyip yeni binen yolculara yer acmak için direkt çantalarını kucaklarına alıp cam kenarına kayıyor insanlar. Kaldırımların düşük olduğu ülkelerde medeniyet seviyesi yüksektir diye okumuştum yıllar önce … Kaldırımlar bazı yerde cadde ile aynı seviyedeydi…

  • Nilüfer teşekkürler. Bu yazdıklarının nedenlerini düşündüğümde, endüstri devrimini yapamamış olmanın sıkıntıları olarak yorumluyorum. Buna bağlı olarak şehirleşme ve şehir hayatı oturmamış. Kurallar var ancak doğru yaptırımlar yok. Kısacası iş kırık cam konusuna dayanıyor. “Üzümü ye bağını sorma” ata sözümüz ile sorgulama, düzeltme, iyileştirme gibi kavramları otomatikman bilinçaltımızda yok saymış oluyoruz ister istemez. Trafiğe çıkmanın birinci şartı olan kemer takma ve sinyal verme uygulanmıyorsa, kaldırımların çin seddi gibi olması da doğal karşılanıyor malesef.

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