The West's mentality sanction

AKIF EMRE,  Saturday 10:28, 26 November 2016
We have political tension with Europe. The European Parliament (EP), leaving aside all kinds of balance calculations and internal conflicts, approved the decision against Turkey with a wide margin. The EU, which is a ball of conflicts within itself, also leaving aside strategic concerns, signed a decision that wants to teach Ankara a lesson.

It can't be said that our relations with the Middle East is going well either. On one side, bloody terrorism and sectarian rivalry is pulling Turkey away from its cultural hinterland. On the other side, Turkey is giving the image of a country stuck between two opposite worlds. We are not Western enough for the Europeans. And for those who have pushed the Middle East into the spiral of violence, we seem too Western.

Even though the visible reason for the tensions seems political and strategic, in reality, it is the fault lines that appear at moments of crisis caused by deeper preferences.

Political reactions may be given to the EP's political decision. In the next step, economic sanctions may follow to affect internal politics. There is no need for embargoes similar to those applied on Russia to activate community reactions and produce social design. It is more possible to make an economic structure integrated with – or rather dependent on – the global finance system to kneel through speculative operations.

The fundamental problem beyond this is not structural endurance or how much the economy will be harmed in the face of likely sanctions. It is also possible to come face-to-face with a challenge whose political and economic results need to be faced in terms of political discourse. Hence, both sides try to avoid a final move that will bring them to the point of discord even if there are such crises from time to time. It is most likely giving the signals that it can use the cards up its sleeve as a means of intervention in internal politics.

The form of relationship Turkey has established with the global system does not consist of integrating with the system or its dependency that might be subject to speculative operations in terms of its results. The real issue is our system-integrated lifestyle, our mentality and world of values as a community changing and becoming dependent based on this. In other words, it is the fear felt in relation to its impact on our lifestyle as a result of the economic threats, rather than the threats themselves.

Whether Turkey joins the European Union or not, a lifestyle that is dependent on the West more than ever in terms of mindset, that has become enslaved to objects – a lifestyle specific to consumption communities – has become increasingly accepted.

We are rapidly evolving toward a community structure in which craving a better life and unlimited consumption is prominent rather than being content with less, patience, not wasting and looking out for the needy. The credit cards we carry on us, the installments we are required to pay, the more comfortable life we have become accustomed to… and starting to think about the likelihood of losing all these.

The fears that arise as a result of this lifestyle which we got used to, which we were made to get used to, may yield results, more so than the political threats.

The real issue is not to challenge the political tension, but to protect the values that will resist against it. What encourages those making decisions in the bossy manner specific to Europeans is not only their historical arrogance, but the fact that our mental world and lifestyle have actually changed.

Otherwise, all communities can resist against the poor in one way or another. However, the resistance of minds that have changed the values system against the global consumption system does not consist of a political matter alone.

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