Solidarity within family brings tranquillity, but threathens individual competitiveness…

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The notion of “quality of living” for local people of Istanbul, is strongly supported and reinforced by a so-called “solidarity within family”, even at the present times of widespread and harsh competition for marketable skills, that leads many members of unqualified work force to be fired from their jobs at first, and then reluctantly await for nothing in their parents’ homes…

Weird thing is that, fired people keep on consuming same amount of booze or “granted” money dedicated to games of chance, such as lotteries, sweepstakes or horse races…
“Survival of the fittest” by Charles Darwin, the rule of all times, occurs in a weird way in the modern life of Istanbul: Competing for sustainable job is not preferred by lazy local people, but abusing family home as a sanctuary from fighting in the arena of prerequisites for marketable skills…

The resource of this “undeserved social well-being” is surely financed by a solidarity and cooperation between family members of unemployed work force… This protection brings tranquillity, but threathens individual competitiveness…
Now it may be usefull to remember, what Leyla Erbil, one of the best writers of modern Turkish literature, says in her novella “The Dwarf”: “As soon as possible, you have wanted to get rid of your family, that was just a concrete sediment of being socially underdeveloped”…

Mothers, as “usual suspects” in most of family misdemanours, provide support for their “unlucky” sons or daughters, who were not preferred by heartless bosses that just strive for increasing the productivity and competitiveness of their enterprises!..

Everybody knows that family ties are strong, but how long and what for?…
Individual existantialism knocks on the heaven’s door on this earth… Without any family support…

(The picture above, called “Turkish Family II”, is a mixed-media work by Helnwein)

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