WHEN I WAS A CHILD
When I was a child. . . I had a pencil box. . . I had just begun elementary school. Then, when I was in the second grade my father bought me a wooden pencil box.
When I was a child. . . I had a wooden school bag. In those days a leather bag. . .
couldnít be afforded by everyone. . . Later, leather bags were used widespread. . . And then I was able to have a leather school bag, too. I didnít have much money. . . Even if I had, there wasnít much to buy. . .
When I finished elementary school I got a bicycle. . . Everyone didnít used to have a telephone in their homes. They would have to wait two years to be assigned a number.. Buying and selling telephone numbers became a business for brokers. People would get a telephone number just to sell it at a profit.
When I was a child. . . There were no colored pictures. Not only was there no colored T.V. , there was no T.V. at all. Then, in mid-school I became acquainted with T.V. But with only one channel. . . And that was on certain days and hours during the week. And Turkey met with T.V.
When I was a child. . . There werenít many cars circulating in the streets. The ones they had were mostly taxi cabs. And then one day Turkey met with its first Turkish automobile: The Anadol Of course not everyone. . .
When I was a child. . . There were four political parties. One was the Party of Justice and the other one was the Republican Peopleís Party. They would alternately . come to power. . . There was never be a coalition government. . .
When I was a child. . . There were no billionaires and trillionaires
There was the Koc (ch) Group. . . And the Sabanci Group. . .
When I was a child. . .there were no bank humbugs. . . Because mainly there were just five banks. . . Interest and usury was not popular. They didnít have bankers and banker victims. . .There was no excess liquidity. . There were just savings bonds. . .
All right, then what was there when I was a child. . . Camaraderie . . Friendship. . .and in addition people had respect for one another. . . There was neighborliness. . . You would even know the people living in the next two neighborhoods. . . Now, we donít even know who lives in the upper flat. . . People would come to help each other when there was a problem. . . No one would litter the streets. . . If there was a needy person everyone would do his best to help. If there was a kettle of food it would be given to that neighbor. People would visit each other in the evening. . . Our mothers wore scarves. . .but their scarves was never an issue. . .
And this is what there was when I was a child. . .
Now, we have colored T.V. We have numerous channels. We have phones: landlines and cellular. . . We have numerous political parties. . we have all kinds of automobiles in the latest models rolling by on the streets. . . We have traffic congestion. . . We have bank humbugs. . And we have trillionaires who donít even know how much money they have. .
We have people discussing scarves. . .
Then I think of. . . what Turkey has gained during the last half century and what it has lost. . .
We exalted Turkey, entrusted to us by Ataturk, to the level of contemporary civilization. . .
But we compromised certain moral values.
MAY GOD BE YOUR BELOVED AND YOUR COMPANION
SHOWING THE WAY
(AKIN ÷RSMEN 5.8..2005)