As your life passes before your eyes like a film strip…

I don’t know how many of the discoveries, scientific discoveries and inventions made during the development process of humanity were “accidental”, but there are many news, books, etc. about this. I remember reading.

I’m talking about accidents, such as the discovery of drugs or something that will do something very different from that, when I’m looking for a cure for something else.

For example, from accidents like finding Viagra while searching for drugs to treat high blood pressure.

One such accident happened the other day.

It turns out that those who faced death were not bragging when they said, “My life passed before my eyes like a film strip.”

While measuring the brain waves of an epileptic patient (87), the patient suffered a fatal heart attack and it was revealed that his dying brain “continued to dream and recall memories” for 30 seconds before and after the attack.

University of Louisville’s Dr. Ajmal Zemmar “If I were to jump into the philosophical realm, I would guess that if the brain did a flashback, it would probably want to remind you of the good things rather than the bad. But what will be remembered will be different for each person,” he says.

Dr. Zemmar explains that in the 30 seconds before the patient’s heart stops blood flow to the brain, brain waves behave as they do when performing tasks that require high cognitive demand, such as concentrating, dreaming or recalling memories.

This situation continued 30 seconds after the patient’s heart stopped, at which point the patient is usually declared dead.

That ominous scene in the hospital dramas on TV! A straight line on the green screen of the monitor and the sound of nnnnnnnnnnnnnn!

The moment that weepy-faced doctor in Grey’s Anatomy (I still can’t understand what that pretty girl liked about this guy) gets even more sober!

Of course, how fun, boring or exciting this movie will be is up to you.

Will this be a Coppola movie or a Tarantino movie?

Or a Nuri Bilge Ceylan Will you watch the movie?

Dr. Will only memorabilia flash before your eyes like a storyboard, as Zemmar predicted?

Or is it a brief summary of your entire life?

What would you choose?

If you were the director of your own movie, which of the scenes you’ve lived through would you throw away in the montage and which would you include in the film editing?

Of course shooting is free here, anyway, we’re not face to face with death right now (I hope), anyway, we don’t need to tell anyone about the movie we’re going to watch anyway.

Of course, this will be a movie that has been edited with the method called “fast cut”.

I put such mysterious words in a foreign language in between, so that the reader can clear your doubts about how important and knowledgeable the author is!

Recently I have been reading a lot of articles that make me think that an author who writes using only Turkish words is not taken seriously.

Since they are doing that, what am I missing, I thought, I am young and beautiful.

Actually, I shouldn’t have shared this information with you, but I am not in a position to hide what God knows from the servant, especially from my readers.

In this technique, each scene stays on the screen or screen for about three seconds.

I don’t know, famous advertiser seguelaof the former President of France Mitterand Have you watched the commercial he made for him?

Seguela, the man who wrote the book “Don’t Tell My Mom I’m a Advertiser, She Thinks I’m a Pianist in a Brothel”.

I also met him personally when I was a “powerful journalist”.

Seguela’s campaign film for Mitterrand was based on the slogan “Calm power” with a fast-editing technique.

It has a rightful place in the history of political campaigns.

I remember that Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu also used this slogan at one time. For some reason, such defects are quickly covered up in our advertising tradition.

Seguela writes in her book “The Fun Is That Advertising”:

“Communication, in other words, advertising is like nations, the unchanging mirror of our origins and our daily life… Tell me what your advertisement is and I’ll tell you who you are. The resourceful USA created the effectiveness in advertising as well. Advertising wouldn’t have turned into a money-making business if it weren’t for the (Americans).” Incompetent England owes its sense of humor that today spearheads shocking advertising internationally. Flamboyant Spain does heartbreaking advertising, blood-hungry Italy makes blood boils, rule-governed Germany does non-shaking advertising. And Brazilian ad spots show their teeth and play samba with all their sexuality. All are reflections of our national identities, which is proof that communication is synonymous with existence. French advertising is also our mirror: public and complex, poetic and toon, forward-thinking and provocative. Not better, but always exuberant and unlike any other. “

The generation of creative advertisers remained in the “old Turkey” with us.

Because “New Turkey” neither understands jokes nor word games. Not to mention the sticky rules of the RTÜK and the Advertisement Board.

Can creativity exist in such a country?

Not to mention, “Calm Power”, from Napoleon to Revolution; from Citroen 2CV to Balzac; From BB to Alain Delon, it was a film made by editing an image in three seconds, one after the other, that would evoke whoever and whatever event comes to mind when “history of France” is mentioned.

ok with 10 scenes

Our movie about “my life passed before my eyes like a film strip” will be such a movie anyway.

If you don’t die, it’s a 30-second movie, you can tell your friends as much as you can remember.

It’s a 60 second movie if you die, you can’t tell anyone.

Let’s start the script:

Our movie opens with the moment you kiss the woman you love for the first time.

The moment when the nurse brought a tiny baby to her lap as “take it daddy”.

His first step. His first words.

His eyes widen with joy as he runs towards you.

A snippet of your long car ride with him.

Moments when you hurt your loved ones, albeit unintentionally, tears running down the corners of your sadly twisted lips.

It’s a Sunday lunch you eat around the same table while the elders are all alive.

Remembering that on the morning of the day this movie will flash before your eyes, you left the house without giving the love of your life a goodbye kiss. There is no turning back anymore!

When you hold your father’s hand and go to the first game in yellow-dark blue sweaters.

Hop, there were 10 scenes, a total of 30 seconds!

That’s all.

No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t put a scene from the daily rush between them.

For example, it’s not the first day I started journalism.

The sales records of Posta, the disgrace of Radikal, my days of Sports, Fanatik, Milliyet, Hürriyet. No.

Dozens of magazines I’ve published. No.

The pride of achieving something, the shame of failure, the money I’ve earned, the houses I’ve bought, the cars.

Money in the bank account. No.

None of these scenes will be in that last movie I watch.

As Jackson Brown Jr. said: “No one says on their deathbed, ‘I wish I had spent more time at work’.”

There is a possibility that a few milliseconds of footage can be added to the film for what we really want to do or not.

Fact of life

At that moment, we will realize that those few milliseconds are actually a whole life lost.

But that won’t change anything.

Now you are at the end of the time allotted to you and you will not be able to go back to the beginning and achieve the things you postponed.

You will remember Ortega said, “Our life is the only thing that is ours”.

And when it’s time to leave that one thing that truly belongs to you, it will be too late for everything.

I realize this is not a very appropriate topic for a weekend I wished for joy.

But who knows, maybe it will help to open the eyes of at least one of us today.

Maybe one of us opens his eyes and sees that the truth of life has to be sought elsewhere than in our daily rush and ambitions.

James Gleick, the author of the famous book “Chaos / The Bible of Chaos (When a Butterfly Beats Its Wings in China, Storms In The Atlantic)”, has another book called “Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything”.

It tells how people deal with small details in our age to save time. Among the symptoms of the disease mentioned by the author are things that we all do automatically every day.

For example, pressing the close button instead of waiting for the elevator door to close by itself.

Plane, bus, etc. in the terminal. He says that hugging a cell phone while waiting is also a reaction. Because in our age, people feel “worthless” when they spend their time doing nothing, and they turn to phones to do something.

Our life, which we live in a romantic waltz rhythm, turns into a “techno” rhythm in parallel with the change in human relations and social life. It’s accelerating.

Of course, this also has consequences. In our fast-paced lives, details are losing their importance. The pounding clapper of the drum crushes and subdues the little notes, the tiny melodies we used to taste.

Kundera says in his novel “Slowness” that “there is a secret relationship between slowness and remembering, speed and forgetting”: “In the mathematics of existence, this experience takes the form of two basic equations. The degree of slowness is directly proportional to the intensity of the moment; the degree of speed is directly proportional to the intensity of forgetting.”

I wonder if it is the “necessity of not being able to do things worth remembering” imposed on us by the social life we ​​live in, causing this speed?

Are we accelerating because we can’t do a memorable job, in order to forget it more easily?

Before our life passes before our eyes like a movie, we need to slow down, feel more, listen, hear, hug, kiss!

Otherwise, that last movie you will watch will be very boring, you will die while yawning from boredom, let me warn you!

This article by Mehmet Y. Yılmaz was taken from the Oxygen newspaper.

Who is Mehmet Y. Yilmaz?

Mehmet Yakup Yılmaz was born in Malatya in 1956. He graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Economics and Finance in 1977, after completing primary school at Antalya Devrim Primary School, and middle school and high school as a free boarding student at Denizli High School.

He started journalism in Ankara in 1975, when he was a SBF student, at Yankı Magazine under the direction of Mehmet Ali Kislali. He also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal for a while.

Before the September 12, 1980 coup, he worked as a press consultant in the Turkish İş-affiliated Yol İş Federation and YSE – İş unions, and published the union’s newspapers and magazines.

After completing his military service at the Turkish Military Academy, he returned to the profession at Istanbul Gelişim Publications. He worked as the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Erkekçe and Bilim magazines at Gelişim Publications, and then as the Editor-in-Chief of Gelişim TV Magazine.

He transferred to Hürriyet in 1985 and founded Hürriyet Magazine Group. He published magazines such as Tempo, Blue Jean, Playmen.

Later, he was appointed as the General Manager of Periodical Publishing. Together with Ercan Arıklı, he took on the duty of General Manager during the transformation of Periodical Publishing into Number 1 Publishing. He became the founding editor-in-chief of journals such as Aktüel, Cosmopolitan, Penthouse and Oya. He has been the founder of more than 30 magazines so far.

At the beginning of 1995, he published Posta newspaper. He founded the Fanatik newspaper at the end of the same year, and the Radikal newspaper at the end of 1996, and served as the editor-in-chief.

In 2000, he was appointed as the General Editor of Milliyet Newspaper. After 5.5 years in this position, he assumed the position of CEO of Doğan Burda Magazine Group.

He worked as a columnist for Hürriyet newspaper from 2005 to September 2018. He started writing on T24 from October 2018.

His books titled “I Chose Red, Love Was Under Blue”, “Say Hi to All My Loves”, “Is There Life After Love”, “I Lost My Sense of Surprise, It Is Void”, compiled from newspaper columns, were published. His long story “Does Love Forgive Everything” was also published as a book.

Mehmet Y. Yılmaz, “the journalist who started the most broadcasts in the Turkish media”, is also known for his essays and comments on football as well as current political developments.