Just like my friends, Carlo believes in democracy. When I said “To me, it makes no difference if Erdoğan is in total power.”
He said “I don't think so...”
I know he disagrees with me on this stuff. It's nothing new.
“Ask the ones who are out of their jobs, ask the ones who are put in jail. They'd say there is so much difference,” Carlo continued.
I agree. From their point of view, yes, sure there is a difference. I feel their plight too. But only slightly... My outrage is not to any specific person, my outrage is to the whole concept of the embodiment of such an overpowering mechanism. States/Governments taking away basic rights, taking away your freedom to move, freedom to work, basically freedom to live.
There are so many people in detention camps just because they wanted to move around the world they were born on. They haven't committed any “crime”, they haven't hurt anybody or done anything wrong. Yet, they are treated like criminals, they are “deported” with shackles in their ankles or in handcuffs.
As long as there is this blindness to the status quo, as long as there is this acceptance of the status quo, I'm sorry I cannot bother about the others who are treated so unfairly.
I was turned back from a border too. I was taken into a car by policemen and driven back. I cried. I felt how it is against human dignity. We all associate with people whose pain we are familiar with. Those whose parents/children/loved ones have suffered and died of cancer put money into cancer patients or cancer research. Those whose child has died of SIDS put money into SIDS research. If you suffered a bad car accident you make traffic safety your priority. You campaign for better roads, you campaign against drunk driving. It's so normal. My sensitivity is to the injustice at birth, being classified according to where we are born. I also suffered too much needless government interference in my life. These are things most people are inured to or accept as the status-quo. They seem tiny obstacles. When you come across them, you just walk around them and forget about it. But I find them unacceptable. Unacceptable in its real sense, UNACCEPTABLE.
I realized that to me, what ordinary governments -the governments that almost everybody considers as ideal or fine- do is 90 % evil anyway. All governments impose borders, all governments dictate who can work and who cannot, all governments tax people and spend it wherever they see fit, including wars.* The Turkish government putting journalists, social workers in jail just adds 5 % on top of that. So in the end, there is not much difference between 90 % evil and 95 % evil. Even if not all, most of the evil must go.
Carlo says he agrees with me on the evil of the other acts of governments/states. But he says “That would be 30 % bad, and you go on 70 % satisfied.”
Well... Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. I just wish more people saw things like me ;)
Not for anything but just because I think there would be more force to change the world for the better.
* Even though there are some exceptions like Panama who has abolished the army, and like Nepal who, as far as I know, does not have an army. Someone had said that Nepal found it ridiculous when it was surrounded by China on the North and India on the South, both having billions of population.