teenage opposition

06/14/2022 06:30


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The speaker roars from the podium: “We will destroy the AKP, we will let them in, they will pay for what they did”. Unable to slow down, he continues: “When times change, if there are those who try to forgive them, we will punish them too. Each will know his place.”

When he finished his speech, everyone stood up and applauded. Oh effort, it’s coming, it’s almost time.

The Turkish Language Association defines the word “teenager” as a teenager. He is physically mature enough to have a child, but not mentally mature enough to raise a child, because he is still a child. The word “teenager” is one of the most used insults on social media. With the condemnation of sexist expressions, the popularity of “teenager” has increased, it has become an accessory used in almost every insulting phrase.

Due to this expansion of the meaning of the word teenager, terms such as “Generation Y” and “Generation Z”, which were invented to explain the changes in the consumption habits of the new generations, started to be used publicly as if they were sociological, psychological and very scientific terms.

Some people like me would say, “Oh my lords, don’t do that, change is not analyzed just by looking at youth, everything changes, not youth. Don’t put the burden on the young and take comfort. The “generation gap” of young people from the previous generation is more or less the same now as it was a hundred years ago. There is no scientific data showing that basic psychological traits or character states like compassion, greed, envy, love, hate change over generations.” Even if he says it, most of his stomach is full of those words. Will they believe me, the great experts who fill the TVs and twitters, and every sentence ends with a period?

“Of course, you’re dry, Gen Z doesn’t have a kid, so you don’t know about this generation,” said a friend of mine. He saw in himself the ability to analyze an entire generation through his son (and his carefully chosen friends).

“The biggest difference is they don’t take responsibility,” he said, his voice serious. “They both want and make no sacrifices to get what they want. Generation Z is the one who orders every meal at the restaurant and then doesn’t pay the bill. Realize it now.”

I kept silent, as I always do, in the face of such nonsense.

Generation Z analysis is so hidden. On the one hand, now at least half of the twenty million Gen Z youth in our country are working in bad jobs as waiters, handlers, clerks, farmers, mechanics, messengers. When these kids come home at night, they don’t have the energy to stay awake for five minutes, so they get into the “Gen Z” mood. How can I explain this to a guy who does a generational analysis of his son who goes to college in a poor country with a lot of young people? The middle class and youth we see in the ads are not even ten percent of “Generation Z” age youth. It is like ignoring general sociological change even when analyzing the change in these young people, and ignoring the change of seasons when analyzing the change of leaves.

If not taking responsibility is a problem of our time, is this problem only for young people? Maybe we’re all teenagers, we’re all Generation Z.

Societies oppressed by dictatorship are like children. Most of these societies (with the exception of dissenting nobles who pay the price) worship their “parents” like a small child. The father also loves this child (people) who is blindly attached to him. Sometimes he beats him, sometimes he throws him in the dark room, sometimes he rapes him, but he is still loved. In these societies, everything is like in fairy tales: there are bogeymen and evil witches on the outside, and on the inside, the big-hearted, iron-fisted father who “loves” his son despite everything.

Most Western societies resemble adult humans. They evaluate their parents with their faults and shortcomings. No one gets extra respect for “raising” someone, not even a parent. All individuals, regardless of age, are human beings and have rights, as well as responsibilities to the nature they share.

There are also societies suitable for the “teenager” analogy. Although these societies were physically developed, they were not developed in terms of reasoning. They do not obey unconditionally like a child, nor do they behave in a measured manner like a true adult. They oscillate between rebellion and acceptance.

Turkey seems close to adolescent societies in this analogy. While one side is a bit more adult, the other side is almost childish. One side rebels, one side obeys, but both sides can be in both places at the same time.

I don’t need to write about the adolescence of power, we witness it every moment. But now, when all the conditions for political change are in place, isn’t the opposition acting like a “teenager”?

I have a few words to say to the speakers who are making speeches about the AKP’s destruction of the podium: “Dude, are you a teenager? Who gave you the right to punish your political opponents? Aren’t we fighting for the power to punish to be in the independent judiciary? You can get applause and be nice with those words, but you will serve the AKP unknowingly (perhaps knowingly) by playing the AKP and resonating with the AKP’s strategy. Are you not aware of this?

It’s very nice to talk to Mahir Çayan’s sharpness on the platform, but Mahir Çayan would never have taken the stage anyway. How can we be together with a brave man who believes the pulpit or the urn won’t bring change, who says “One Way is Revolution”, who is determined enough to have his appendix removed so he won’t be an obstacle to the field before of starting the protests, and who is finally killed in cooperation with the CIA and MOSSAD, how can we be one with the ATM, smoothly at the beginning of the month?

There’s also a ghoul-like motto: “It’s coming, it’s coming.” What’s next, just open it. Who are you saying this to? How are you different from a teenager who tells his spoiled friend during recess, “Teacher will be coming soon”? One version of this is the phrase “It’s almost time” from the other party, whose character hasn’t settled down. What is less? What does that mean?

Voters who can change their decision will vote for vision, not rematch; Haven’t you learned all these years that if he has a vision, he can change his party, that unlike revanchism, the AKP will play along and keep non-political voters in the AKP? If you’ve learned, why insist on rematch communication? Do you get a lot of likes on Twitter when you do this? Will the election be won by Twitter?

The AKP is in a completely passive position for the first time. In the face of all this injustice, costs and nonsense, it is only possible for the AKP to win the elections again with the wrong opposition. The AKP’s last trump card may be to fuel the opposition, focus opponents on revenge rather than vision, and thus keep non-political voters at the pole, which it is trying with all its might.

If the opposition behaves like a teenager, even under these conditions, the AKP will still win the election. Thus, a situation is experienced like no other in the world.

Can the opposition realize its mistake and deliver an effective and transformative speech?

Fortunately (or unfortunately) the AKP doesn’t have to worry too much about this. It’s almost time, my dear, it’s coming.

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