We are strange creatures.

As soon as we get up, we start making a lot of decisions.

We keep doing certain things every single day.

Why are we doing all the things that we do? Why do we bother to live in the first place?

Isn’t it strange that no matter how much we suffer in pain, we still try to do our best?

Our complaints never end, moreover, we always wait for the first opportunity to call upon them.

We yell, scream or cry but we are damn sure about one thing.

It is our desire to…

LIVE

It’s for real, don’t you feel it to your bones? What’s the point behind our strong persistence to stay alive? We can’t control or even escape from it.

This coronavirus made it obvious how people are afraid of death. You can see how easy they are possessed by the fear element. Even a small fraction of fear can make them act completely insane.

Once you are possessed by fear, you can change your life from A to Z. That’s why masters of manipulation always base their techniques on fear. It is too strong.

Let’s slowly come into our main topic…

You have been lied to since the moment you were born. They only injected the poison which is…

How worthless you are.

To feel valuable, you had to do what they’ve told you.

The world is built on fear.

The fear of:

  • Passing tests
  • Having good grades
  • Finding a good job
  • Being alone
  • Being criticized
  • Abandonment

When you dig down the reasons for most actions, you will find a strong fear element in their roots.

This is also what feeds the advertising industry.

  • “You can’t be sexy if you don’t wear that t-shirt.” 
  • “If you don’t use this cream, no one likes you because of your acne.” 

You buy to get rid of your delusional fears.

It all starts with the family.

They put you in a certain shape by giving you certain feedbacks.

You were given no love when you honestly expressed yourself. They bought you the toys you want as long as you act in the way they like.

Then you grow up a little bit and start going to school. Now, the new authority was the teachers. You were forced to become the kid that teachers wanted.

You eagerly said, “Teacher, I solved the problem!” and the moron teacher responded, “Nah, you did not use my method.”

And you are always forced to seek approval. “Can I do this?”, “Shall I go to the bathroom?”, “Can I eat this?”. They never treated you like a free individual. You never made your own decisions. They shaped your character like a sculpture.

Parents, neighbors, teachers, uncles, aunts…

Look at the people around you and realize the prison they live in. They all live in fear of what other people say about them. Everybody expects you to become something, but who are you? Who cares about who you are?

Nobody.

Aristo says, “All men by nature desire to know”.

The growth of humankind rests upon the shoulders of this mighty desire. You know how they say, “Your biggest strength is often your biggest weakness.”

We all desire to know but we don’t know how to learn. The desire is instinctual but it only helps us if we can control it.

It’s like a knife. You only do yourself a mischief if you’re not careful with that. By the time, we find ourselves in a vicious cycle when we pursue bullshit stuff.

We become curious about:

  • What happened in that street fight
  • The chattering voice comes from our neighbor
  • Random conversations on TV
  • The news about people that we have no business with
  • Relationship between other people

We drown ourselves in the ocean of information pollution. Religions address this strange issue via the story of Adam and Eve.

Adam decides to taste the apple where God clearly declared otherwise. That’s what we all possess inside, an unrelenting urge to know, a powerful curiosity instinct.

We can look at this event from different perspectives. The first one is obviously the negative side because Adam lost the eligibility to live in paradise.

On the other hand, he finally became human by possessing free will that makes him ready to live in the world.

According to this metaphor, we lost the most eligible place “paradise” where we don’t have any trouble, pain, misery due to being beaten to our curiosity. Also, this strong instinct is what makes us human in the first place.

Curiosity is our biggest weakness.

That’s why it is often identified with the devil.

The devil knows human temperament very well and it keeps tickling us to death. What’s the best partner of curiosity?

Thinking

Of course, the act of thinking is also doomed.

Nobody asks us to think. The authority strongly disapproves of our ability to think. For example, our parents don’t want us to question their decisions just like teachers and politicians.

If you start thinking, that’s a huge problem for the authority. However, religious books always suggest us to think. For example, the Quran says, “Don’t you think at all”, Why don’t you think?” over hundreds of times.

Of course, we don’t think.

Nope, that’s a false statement because we actually think. We think about how much money we will earn at the end of the month, which meal we are going to eat, what will happen in our favorite series, who’s going to win the finals this weekend…

Don’t we have anything else to think of more important than our daily problems? Our curiosity makes us think and learning is the by-product of thinking.

Let’s look at our situation right now. We are in the days of quarantine at our home and we have all the time in the world to think.

Most people immediately turned on their TV. It doesn’t matter what’s playing, just let it make some noise. Why? Because it is impossible to escape from thinking when we are alone.

Right now, the modern era made all kinds of tools available to escape from thinking. The internet seems like a magnificent invention to reach wisdom but the result is exactly the opposite.

The same issue has been mentioned in the book of Technopoly by Neil Postman.

When it came to writing, Theuth declared, “Here is an accomplishment, my lord the King, Technopoly which will improve both the wisdom and the memory of the Egyptians. I have discovered a sure receipt for memory and wisdom.”

To this, Thamus replied, “Theuth, my paragon of inventors, the discoverer of an art is not the best judge of the good or harm which will accrue to those who practice it. So it is in this; you, who are the father of writing, have out of fondness for your off-spring attributed to it quite the opposite of its real function.Those who acquire it will cease to exercise their memory and become forgetful; they will rely on writing to bring things to their remembrance by external signs instead of by their own internal resources.

What you have discovered is a receipt for recollection, not for memory. And as for wisdom, your pupils will have the reputation for it without the reality: they will receive a quantity of information without proper instruction, and in consequence be thought very knowledgeable when they are for the most part quite ignorant. And because they are filled with the conceit of wisdom instead of real wisdom they will be a burden to society.” 

The Darkness Of The Internet

We experience a similar situation with the invention of the internet.

The internet aims to show you what you like more and also keep you away from what you find boring.  Every year, algorithms get better at offering what you already confirm that’ll keep you in your own reality.

The internet algorithm never tests you until you go for it. It never makes you question or expands your horizon. You might enjoy it a lot while everything is amazingly fitting into your world.

You talk to people you like, watch videos you enjoy, see the articles you find meaningful. You feel like a king with an environment that shares the same opinions with you all the time.

It seems like the whole world agrees with you on every single topic while the truth was the exact opposite of it. You become a happy member of this illusional prison.

That is why trying to understand the ideas you find boring, the people you think uninteresting can be the only solution to meet the real world.

The most important technological advance is information capture.

Have you ever thought why all search engines, social media accounts, mail accounts are totally free? Isn’t it weird that anyone can have access to this treasure of information?

Why are they free? Why navigations and map applications are serving you for free? You are so naive if you think all they get is advertisement revenue.

They get your information which is 1000x more valuable than money.

You pay with delivering what you eat, where you like to hang out, which movies you watch, what is the model of your car etc…

You give all of your information by the hands of yours for a price.

If you have ever bought a service and they haven’t charged a fee, then you are not the customer, you are the product.

They say there will never be a great war anymore because of this the era “know-how”. The lands and resources can be taken over without guns because the information is the most valuable asset anymore.

And you and I, my friend… We are born in a world where we know too much but understand very little. Here, I aim to turn this game inside out.

If you ask me to describe what I do in two words here, I’d say:

Learn & Teach.

To me, these are the noblest service that anybody can do. Don’t get me wrong, I never claim to know everything because that would be very foolish.

Here’s where I test the trueness of my ideas.

“I am a sick man. … I am a spiteful man. I am an unattractive man. I believe my liver is diseased. However, I know nothing at all about my disease, and do not know for certain what ails me. I don’t consult a doctor for it, and never have, though I have a respect for medicine and doctors.

Besides, I am extremely superstitious, sufficiently so to respect medicine, anyway (I am well-educated enough not to be superstitious, but I am superstitious). No, I refuse to consult a doctor from spite. That you probably will not understand. Well, I understand it, though.

Of course, I can’t explain who it is precisely that I am mortifying in this case by my spite: I am perfectly well aware that I cannot “pay out” the doctors by not consulting them; I know better than anyone that by all this I am only injuring myself and no one else. But still, if I don’t consult a doctor it is from spite. My liver is bad, well–let it get worse!

― Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground

People end up having boring lives because they betrayed their most precious gift.

Even the conversations are unpleasant and monotonous today because they willingly abandoned the ideas offered by their mind generously.

Instead of paying attention, they chose to quite them.

The world of ideas does not have an eventual point. In controversy, the victory belongs to the defeated one because the defeat results in becoming prosperous.

Let’s say that you are discussing with somebody about absolute truth. If you are the winner, you earn nothing because you just repeated the truth that you already know. However, that possibly lights a fire for the other side.

“The only thing I know is that I know nothing, and I am no quite sure that I know that.”

-Socrates

Asking questions is a bothering act. The questioner feels relieved but the other side becomes uncomfortable. Do you remember how your teacher became uncomfortable when you ask something s/he doesn’t know?

Because teachers must know everything, right? That’s what the authority does. We don’t like questions, especially if they’re about our dogmas. Our minds are not as objective as we thought. We are programmed to justify our dogmas rather than reaching the truth.

If something is not in your realm of possibilities, you can easily find millions of complaints.

How did Descartes concluded, “I think therefore I am”? How do you know this is not a dream?

So, you are reading these words right now but are you awake? Are you sure about that? Have you ever noticed that you are in a dream while you are having it?

If we can question the probability of this, then we do exist.

This issue is also highlighted in the famous movie “Matrix”. The world watched the most ancient discussion of philosophy in there. The reactions were ironically like “Wow, what a great script it was!” as it’s never been discussed before whereas humanity has been discussing it for about 3000 years.

Morpheus: “Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?” 

Cypher: You know, I know this steak doesn’t exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, you know what I realize?”

(Takes a bite of steak)

Cypher: Ignorance is bliss.”

If you spend more than 2 minutes of thinking, nothing can be clear and obvious.

That’s why we don’t think. We never want to deal with the unknown because we are already dealing with billions of issues.

Hence, it’s always ready to hit us when it’s time. Here, I open up the path of darkness before it makes trouble for us.

What’s the easiest way of getting out of your comfort zone? It’s thinking. Why don’t we play the disaster in our minds before it crushes us in real life?

If you choose to live in fairy tales, reality will eventually kill you.

Just look, how sweet it is just to live. Observe the passion within us towards playing the game of life.

Nobody wants to die. Some people keep saying “I don’t want to bring a child into this world.” The world has never been sunshine and rainbows as you wished my friend.

Humans reproduce because of the fear of extinction. So, we make sure that our genes are still playing this game.Do you disagree? Maybe you are not sure about that.

Let’s say that you are given a magical button. They say, “Okay, if you don’t like this world, just press this button. You will be removed without feeling any pain at all”.

Just imagine this scenario for a moment, can you press it?

Life is worth living against all the odds. Life needs to be lived with a maximum seriousness as a squirrel does. Look at how all creatures are tightly connected to this game.

We will do our part with joy because we believe in doing it. We all want to say “I am here!” so badly.

If our lives do not fulfill this need, we get depressed. Are we sincere about our desire to live? Is this a conscious choice?

Does this thought belong to us? Maybe, it is injected to us externally? Do we want to keep living or the system wants us to do so?

It is worth thinking because our lives trigger many other elements as a result. The more people are living, the more they consume by contributing to the economy.

That’s why the system always wants you to be alive. For example, killing somebody is a serious crime associated with highly heavy penalty consequences.

Also before the Suicide Act 1961, it was even a crime to kill yourself. Anyone who attempted and failed was being prosecuted and imprisoned, while the families of those who succeeded could also potentially be prosecuted.

Even our bodies are subordinated to the system.

If you tried to kill yourself, you got punished as being questioned: “Why did you want to die!”. You give nothing back in return when you die, so you must live for them.

The system wants you to live more than you do. So, do we live because of fear or our desire to live?

Death is a huge unknown for the majority. Some people are lucky enough to know when they will die because they gain a period that they can fill meaningfully.

We love certain things.

We want to know how long it will take to read the article, watch the video, listen to music.

It is available for us to know

  • The number of pages in a book
  • The length of the video
  • How long it will take to read an article
  • The required time for reaching a destination

We want to know, that’s it. We see it as our birthright.

Today’s people are like pigeons that are running after food from pillar to post. Very few people stop and question as “What the fuck am I doing here?”.

Let’s eat more, consume more, have more…

Masses don’t think, they got exposed to. If you do, if you understand what I am telling you here, consider yourself lucky.

The more I question this issue, the more I end up with the fact that…

These are all marketing and we are nothing but a number in their consumption graph.

The more you resist this fact, the more you are gonna be punished.

Well, what are you going to do this fact?

I don’t know.

It’s not my job to dictate you anything like they did.

Live as you wish.

-Ugur.