Before And After


Planar Pano Before And After

Stopped smoking about two years ago and became a big boy, comparing before and after. Now it is everyday walking, one and a half hour to the office and back home. Expected to lose a lot of weight along the way, but looking in the mirror, it seems like an illusion, with worn-off shoes as the only proof of this work-out.


The Thorny Truth


Zoomable planar pano The Thorny Truth

While walking uphill to the Ankara office under October’s Aesculus hippocastanum, I notice that as the trees become smaller, the fallen nuts loose their spines, and I start thinking of the thorny truth. When we become many escaping natural selection, then civilization is degeneration since ‘In wildness is the preservation of the world’ (H.D. Thoreau). So is rough natural man not more honest, naive and prone to telling the truth, even if it hurts? Then is civilized man not too smooth, always hiding intentions, deceiving while cloaked in lie, just to avoid friction? Or am I a hopeless romantic and is nature still our master and we’re its servants, deceiving us and others out of need just like the natural squirrel while hiding nuts in view of its fellows.

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