‘The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it’s possible’ *
After these elections, I imagine a Turkey with plenty of fights.
However, these are not fights involving the defending of some peoples’ interests.
I am imagining a Turkey where everybody is fighting to protect their rights and where the masses support them.
I am imagining a Turkey where nobody has the same opinion; a Turkey where the only agreement is that nobody has the same opinion.
The Turkey I am imagining is a Turkey where differences of opinion trigger constructive discussions, where we can reach a “common good” by talking and discussing. I am imagining a Turkey where people fight so that opinions are able to be expressed, even though they do not agree with that opinion.
I am imagining a free Turkey.
I am imagining a Turkey where the right to elect is not limited to the ballot box only, where everybody can make their own choices regardless of the outcome of the ballot box.
The Turkey I am imagining is a country where nobody is judged because of their preferences, where each citizen comprehends that the biggest power one can have in life is the feeling of freedom stemming from the ability to choose regardless of the choice. I imagine a Turkey where people do not avoid the responsibilities accompanying freedom.
I am imagining a Turkey where people manage their own lives instead of slaving for the one who pays the highest price, a country where people do not follow the oppressors to taste a bite of the feeling of power.
I am imagining a Turkey where people will be able to cry out their criticisms; a country where people can take to the streets without the risk of being gassed, beaten or detained.
I am imagining a Turkey with a parliament full of politicians who lend an ear to what the ones on the streets are chanting.
It is a country, a Turkey, where journalists are not labeled, threatened as terrorists, spies or tools.
I am imagining a Turkey where no palaces are built over environmental extermination, where there are no mine disasters, women murders, trans murders, workplace murders, child brides; a place with no “moral” impositions; I am imagining a country where only a bright future is planned.
I am imagining a Turkey where women are not regarded as ornaments and seen as property, where they are considered to represent the “honor” of men.
I am imagining a Turkey where homosexuals are not subjected to treatments of a sick person. I am imagining a Turkey where animals are approached with compassion.
I am imagining a Turkey where all communities no matter if they are 30 people or 30 million people, regardless of their ethnicity, language, beliefs, political views and lifestyles are equal with all their differences.
I am imagining a Turkey where while people are trying to live a good life, they are also trying to make others live a good life.
I am imagining a Turkey where the poor are extended a hand. I am imagining a Turkey free of income inequality.
I imagine a Turkey where every child will be able to attend a good school in their neighborhood; a Turkey where there are no working children, no children not attending school, no children in jails.
I am imagining a Turkey where children are raised without gender discrimination.
A Turkey, I am imagining, where people do not live by coincidences, where people are in solidarity with each other, where people are able to apologize, ask for forgiveness, make peace and laugh.
I am imagining a Turkey where whoever grabs power does not pump hatred.
When we stop imagining, dreaming and fighting for these dreams, then would darkness ever be enlightened?
* Lewis Carroll – “Alice in Wonderland”