Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Who burned down Izmir (Smyrna)?

Turkish schoolbooks explains that the Greeks and Armenians burned down Izmir (Smyrna)
Here an article by our friend Orhan Kemal Gendiz:

I believe that facing the truth is an extremely therapeutic exercise. It is this way for both individuals and for nations. But, of course, there is a price to pay for facing the “truth.”

You have to be ready to feel some anguish, at least, but most of the time, you have to be ready to feel pain. There are two reasons for this: When you face a truth that you’ve covered up, it rattles your sense of self. Facing any kind of truth that has been hidden or concealed will make you have to redefine yourself. Of course, there are also a series of “illusions” predicated on these concealed truths. As a result, accessing a concealed fact about the past leads to the devastation of many other things that are based on the lie you told yourself. It is for this reason that coming to terms with the past is not easy.

Since nationalism is a state of constantly serving one’s own interests, all “establishment” stories of nationalism contain many fictitious elements. From a nationalist perspective, “others” are almost always flawed, wrong and unfair. It is for this reason that “nationalism” is actually a collective form of “egocentrism.” The inevitable outcome of egocentrism is the inability to grow or mature. For this reason, nationalism prevents society from facing its past. Confronting the past dismantles egocentrism and inevitably leads to the development of the ability to have “empathy” for others. You can’t be very nationalist when you empathize with others.
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Day Opening May 19

Ataturk. Today is it a public holiday in Turkey:
Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day