You probably heard about the protests that started in Gezi Park, Istanbul, Turkey the past weeks that continue to this day and that have spread through the country.
The people organized this Public Library in Gezi Park that was later destroyed by the police (as you can see in the last 2 photographs).
Between the chaos and the danger of police brutality (that have severely injured and killed civilians), people got together and built a library.
This is the human spirit in its most beautiful form.
Thanks to einhellesbitte for the information and the links.
Images source: Gezikutuphanesi
As a society, we are fascinated by fictional psychopaths. Humankind has an ‘ongoing… fascination with tales of gruesome murders and evil villain. Popular culture abounds with depictions of the mad and the bad; and aberrant psychology has proved a fertile source of such material to the novelist and the reader alike. Perhaps no single disorder holds as much morbid cultural appeal as psychopathy.
There is no question… that readers feel empathy with and sympathy for fictional characters and other aspects of fictional worlds’, yet it is difficult to see how one can empathise and identify with a character who is himself incapable of empathy. If empathy and identification are both the goal and the reward of reading literature, then we are left with a striking ambivalence which needs to be explored.
To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex. It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise but admirably balanced mind.
- Arthur Conan Doyle (A Scandal in Bohemia, 1888)
Standing Man of Taksim Square is already an #occupygezi phenomenon.