Nihan Aydin

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Walking on Bagdat Street with all the New Year’s decorations, expensive cars and exclusive stores, having Tchaikovsky- Waltz of Flowers as a background music, I couldn’t help but ask myself : Why do people have so much cargo, and I don’t?* And the more depressing fact is, compared to a huge number of people in this country, and in this world, I happen to belong to a socioeconomic group that owns more than those people could imagine. I have a roof over my head, I have food, have access to clean water, electricity and even more, I have internet. Which means I at least have the opportunity. I am not that depressed about myself at all. This doesn’t change the facts about the world I’m living in though. The inadequate distribution of wealth is a major problem, and I really have a little hope of seeing it solved. Some people drive half a million dollar cars at the age of 20 while millions of other can’t even imagine to afford any car, anytime within their entire life. And this bothers me. A lot. I don’t have a fancy car and I don’t think I will  have one any time sooner, but as I said before, I have the opportunity. I obviously haven’t made the smartest decisions for making piles of money in this country, but who knows maybe one day, I will be able to earn a lot of money by not giving up what I like to do, or more likely, I might win the lottery. And if that day comes, I really hope that I will always have somewhere in my mind that there are people in this world dying of hunger, “killing” each other for 5$, living on streets; before I spend 5000$ for a small purse. I really hope that I will never lose track of the “value” of money, because I sadly observe that to some people, money is something they have a lot by default, and they don’t really know or care how those “others” have to deal with to provide the things they take for granted. All I’m saying is, I really don’t want to live in a world where “lucky” people are working 6 days a week, 14 hours a day to earn what I order for dinner in a fancy restaurant. Since money is pretty much parallel to power, I really hope I use that power to help prevent this imbalance -that doesn’t necessarily mean distributing my own income to other people, in fact that’s not even a solution, we all know that – before I use it for buying diamonds.

*For those who are not familiar with this quote, this is from Jared Diamond’s famous book Guns, Germs and Steels and it’s a question that a politician from New Guinea asks Jared Diamond. The original question is “Why is it that you white people developed so much cargo and brought it to New Guinea, but we black people had little cargo of our own?”

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