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April Fool’s Prank Of The Decade

As I’m on a long-distance call with my parents, we discuss and share all the hilarious reactions to Turkish Officials blaming the power outage in 35 cities during election night on a cat. The headline at Huffington Post for the story is “Turkish Official Blames Election Night Power Outages On A Cat”. Who can take that seriously? I was couldn't keep quiet at the title alone. The electrical blackout spiraled the country that firmly believes in the possibility of change. Following that, officials had the audacity of holding an interfering cat liable. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on April 1, “A cat entered a power distribution unit. It was the cause of the blackout and it’s not the first time that it has happened.” The BBC listed the four top April Fools Day trends, of which one was Yildiz’s comment. As bizarre as it is to announce this on April fool’s and expecting listeners to believe it, he did. Congratulations, we had a great laugh at the comments and pictures accompanied by them. One user posted this picture of a cat besides requisite tools and said, “Just caught the cat.” My personal favorite, Erdocat. “The true leader of the lobby has been caught,” Tamer Abdelaal (@zanesfather) tweeted. @ODTUOgrencileri posted this one, translating “Look, this is the last time I’ll explain our plan.” Look some up yourself on Twitter under the hashtag #catlobby for English results, and #kedilobisi for Turkish ones. How fair can an election be, if ballot boxes suspiciously disappear, found burnt, and inconsistencies among the boxes and report sheets as well as in the computerization process? Fraud seems to be the accurate clarification. Many Turks, including myself, call for a recount. Opposition parties deposited to the higher election board (YSK) more than 2,000 appeals to recount suspicious boxes. In all seriousness, who can take Turkey’s authority figures seriously anymore? Blocking Twitter and YouTube in a so-called democratic country takes integrity away as it is (let alone granting access again after a two-week ban). Corruption sweeps across parliament would have crossed the line, you'd think. General tremble in the Erdogan circle would've been it. Along with the results of the local election everyone seems to be in disbelief. Erdogan’s political party is crumbling apart and serves nothing but smelly, rotten fish to its followers. There’s no trust to rely on, and he will be made fun of and revolted against until he understands the meaning of respect, transparency and democracy.

Being mortal

On minimalift

You are going to die, and you probably don’t like to think about that. I certainly don’t, and I’m stepping out of my comfort zone to write this. I gave up reading The God Delusion because the topic made me uncomfortable. When I think about death, sometimes I become extremely panicked and sad for a brief time. It sometimes takes a minute for my reasoning to override this panic. I tell myself : ”Why bother worrying about this? You cannot change it, so stop wasting your time fretting and make the most of what you’ve got.”

Yet the worry is of course recurring, because I remain human and it is not solvable problem. Perhaps it’s not a problem at all, but it still bugs the hell out of me. Speaking of hell, let’s get this out of the way early: I am an atheist. Lots of people aren’t (I have no idea of the stats but I would guess more are religious than not) and I don’t have a problem with that. I don’t force my beliefs on anyone and this is not a religion bashing post.

To be honest, I think I would be happier if I did believe in God and an afterlife. I’m not about to take up a religion for my own benefit, but I’ve actually tried in the past! I felt like I was fooling myself so I stopped. Once again, I want to stress how much I respect anyone else’s beliefs and I do not think you are fooling yourselves if you are religious. I’m paranoid about offending people as I go about writing thing and I will probably have more caveats along the way. Just bear in mind I am not trying to convert you.

To nothing and beyond

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