Okay, here goes—thought of the day. In proverbial form.
Yes, another Turkish proverb, which comes to my mind the more I follow the news. News of radicals ruthlessly erasing the lives of others in their paths. News of businessmen efficiently re-ordering millions of workers in just the right direction so as to raise the profits of the already ponderously wealthy. News of politicians promising heaven in a rhinestone-encrusted ziplock bag.
With all that in mind, this is the proverb that comes to me today:
İtin duası kabul olsa gökten kemik yağar.
Which literally means, “If a dog’s prayers were answered, the sky would rain down bones.”
In other words, if the selfish scum of the world had their way, there would be no world left for the rest of us to enjoy.
… Go ahead, tell me I’m wrong.
My apologies for the rudeness of this particularly colorful proverb, but I just had to share it. You see, I was chatting recently with someone about how willing, even eager, people are to go still deeper into debt, so long as it means they can keep up with the latest expensive gadgets and games, the popular gizmos, the chance to text a friend sitting across from you while watching a music video and downloading a movie at the same time.
I was reminded of this pricey addiction to our high tech yet even more highly superficial wonderland–why save up money to travel around the world when you can more quickly and conveniently view trimmed and trilling snippets of it on YouTube?–when I came across this proverb today:
Ayranı yok içmeye, atla gider sıçmaya.
“He has no yogurt to drink, yet he uses a horse to go take a shit.”
In other words, he hasn’t got a penny to his name, yet he still tries to show off.
Akılları pazara çıkarmışlar, herkes yine kendi aklını almış.
(“If everyone’s ideas were put up for sale, each person would buy back his own.”)
… Yep, kind of feels like that sometimes, doesn’t it!