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Everything is “very urgent”!

3 July 2014

As the original texts are written in Turkish, English translation is provided for non-Turkish readers. The author apologizes in advance for any and all possible changes and losses in meaning due to translation.

Last week, I met with a group of young students interested in some cultural differences I have observed in Turkey. The first thing that came to my mind during the meeting was the tolerance level of the people in our country when they need something to be done. In our community, generally, the more personal a topic is, the more “urgent” it is. As we are a society that is fond of getting quick results, this situation may be considered to be “favorable”, but this approach also has a risk of “not spending time for details and not paying close attention to them”.

A quick solution and shortcuts may be more attractive, but on the other hand, extemporary actions can compromise the quality of our daily lives. In addition, it brings along a situation that damages our sense of personal justice. The fact that people who prefer “shortcuts” and hinder us in our daily lives naturally make us nervous and our adrenaline levels increase dramatically. Experts say that, from a medical point of view, this situation blocks the “prefrontal cortex” (forebrain) area of our brain, and this has some consequences. For example, we think more slowly and as a result we may exhibit emotional responses and reflexes. I wonder, does this sound familiar to you in your personal experience?

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