I was planning to write this article before, but I postponed it due to the series of earthquakes In Turkey.

The theme of the article was “death”! Once again, death reminded itself…

All of us, in one way or another, are subject to various examples of injustice, irrationality, and arrogance.

Although one of my mottos in life is the following aphorism by the Roman poet #Horatius, people are somehow affected.

“Astonishing at nothing: this is what will make you happy and keep you happy”

Why are people affected by injustice? Why are people affected by unscrupulousness? Why are people sad?

Let’s listen to the Turkish Poet then…

“Life gives some people a choice between being unhappy or being callous, nothing more” #MurathanMungan

Years ago, I had the chance to say hello to the late Mustafa Vehbi Koç, one of the most valuable companies in the Turkey, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Koç Holding, at the hotel where I did my internship. We were waiting for Mr. Mustafa to come to the restaurant with a large team of 8 people, from the intern at the restaurant to the hotel manager. He came and smiled and made contact with 8 people separately and sat down. He shook hands with some of us, asked how some of us were, and said good morning to some of us. That is, it didn’t make him arrogant that he ran a company that employed more than 100,000 people, or that he had a personal fortune of more than $1 billion.

While we can even reach authors with books translated into more than 25 languages in the world, we are surrounded by arrogant people who are relatively less popular.

In the past weeks, I wanted to send an e-mail to the manager of a company and called the customer support and requested the e-mail address of the relevant manager, but they did not give it. I felt the need to repeat it so that there would be no misunderstanding, and I stated it again; I’m only asking for the business email address, not the phone number!. The answer was; We will forward it to him, if he sees fit, he will reach you! I consoled myself because the customer support misunderstood, but I noticed that I was wrong when the person did not return.

There are some friends that we send messages to them, even they reads the message but they does not reply! How big intensity that you have which prevents you from answering messages?

The strangest and perhaps the most unbearable thing is that indifferent and disrespectful arrogant friends who do not even reply to the message you send, treat you very cordially when you meet by chance somewhere!

People to whom you send an invitation with a “message” for a meeting or a potential collaboration on LinkedIn look at your profile but may not return to your message. There may be carp who say they don’t have to turn. The main thing is the benefit of the company, not your egos!

People with whom you have made positive touches in their careers can easily forget you. They can not only forget, but also talk badly behind your back.

“The bony structure that extends along the back and provides support to the body, consisting of bone, cartilage, or both, containing the spinal cord.” This is how Turkish Language Society, TDK defines it. In other words, “when the spine is missing” is normal.

I believe that sooner or later, those who make injustices by ignoring the interests of the company in order not to lose the comfort of their seat, those who do injustice, those who are entitled, and those who make victims of those who actually deserve the job more by employing unqualified people, will sooner or later become frustrated.

What will be left behind when we leave #NilgünMarmara one day from “this waiting room called the world”? When I stop and think, this is what I always say to myself, “only good things will remain”

One of the Turkish ancestors said “to do good and throw into the sea”, which is a nice thing to say.

It is estimated that the number of people living on Earth to date is more than 100 billion. In other words, the current world population is not even 10% of the world’s population that has ever lived.

Had he lived, the late #StevePaulJobs’ estimated fortune would have been $100 billion.

Had the late #SakıpSabancı lived, his personal fortune might have been $6 billion.

The late #HenryFord died with $200 billion.

For those who have not read the will of Suleiman the Magnificent, it is useful to remember again;

Suleiman the Magnificent, the sultan of the world, who was on the verge of death, called his commanders and conveyed his last three wishes.

1] My coffin should be carried by the best doctors of the time.

2] All my wealth [gold, silver and precious stones] that I have acquired should be sprinkled along the road until my coffin is in the tomb.

3] My hands should hang out of the coffin for all to see.

One of the commanders, bewildered, without understanding these requests, asked why.

Suleiman the Magnificent explained:

1] This is why I want the most famous doctors to carry my coffin: Everyone should know that no matter how good doctors are, even they are helpless in the face of death.

2] The values you will sprinkle on the ground will also show: The wealth we gain in this world stays in this world.

3] Keep my hands out of the coffin so that everyone knows: When the most precious thing to us, time runs out, we go empty-handed, just as we were born empty-handed.

As I used in the image of the article, Churchill said that cemeteries are full of indispensable things. They were once indispensable.

The spine should not be stretched for seats that may have to be lifted at any time.

You shouldn’t be entitled.

It is necessary not to give up pure and unconditional goodness.

I wish you a nice week.

Yakup Demir

05 March 2023