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)

 

 

   
         
   

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