I’ve been following some of the events in turkey on live stream and shit is nuts over there. Thousands of protestors have taken to the streets to protest. Showdiscontent.com reports, “The prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the replacement of Taksmi Gezi Park by a shopping mall. The bulldozers started invading the area at late hours of night in May 27, 2013. Consequently, civilians occupied the area to stop the destruction. Due to the government’s increasing pressure and the severe violent actions taken by the police, the occupation quickly turned into a giant protest with the attendance of thousands of people”.
I can’t believe we destroy parks to put up more fucking shopping malls. We have been on a murderous rampage against nature for hundreds of years and there seems to be no end in sight. With all the undeniable science we have about climate change why and how is this type of crap still happening. We are truly insane. This madness will leave our kids a world void of any natural beauty. They won’t have public parks to go relax but they sure will have plenty of shopping malls to consume, consume, consume.
I don’t think people want this but people don’t run the word, corporations do, and they are NOT people. Corporations look at everything, form human beings to the natural environment, as exploitable commodities. Consumption is the engine of corporate profits and that is all they care about. They want to build a world for consumers instead of a world for human beings. The leaders of these corporations who lack human decency and compassion now determine our fate.. Their money determines elections. They bought our goverment and their lobbyists make the laws. If they took over the American government, they sure as hell have a say in governments the world over. Corporations run the world. They spend unimaginable amounts of money on propaganda and trivia cleverly constructed by their public relations firms then distributed through systems of mass communication, also owned by corporations. Corporations, politicians, the military, the media, they all sleep in the same bed.
Their greed will turn us all into global serfs and our planet into a wasteland. I admire and stand in solidarity with the people who are saying no and standing up to this madness because our grievances are all connected, we are all fighting for a better world. We need more outrage, we need everyone to get angry. Human life and the natural world have an intrinsic value beyond monetary value and we cannot put a price tag on it. We cannot trade life for gold. We have to recognize the sacredness of human life and the natural world. We have to stop this madness. Our moral obligation is not to structures of power, but to life. This is our world.
“The capacity to exercise moral autonomy, the capacity to refuse to cooperate, offers us the only route left to personal freedom and a life with meaning. Rebellion is its own justification….. we have faith that rebellion is not ultimately meaningless. Rebellion allows us to be free and independent human beings, but rebellion also chips away, however imperceptibly, at the edifice of the oppressor and sustains the dim flames of hope and love. And in moments of profound human despair these flames are never insignificant. They keep alive the capacity to be human. Those who do not rebel in our age of totalitarian capitalism and who convince themselves that there is no alternative to collaboration are complicit in their own enslavement. They commit spiritual and moral suicide”