The Letters from Now Team is putting the bits I picked from your letters on our Instagram account and now on our Twitter
account, so go on and check those texts using the translate button to see how you can perfect your survival skills in maddening times. I wanted to create those accounts for you to see that there are beautiful people around. A piece of information that we need most when the world is constantly telling us the opposite.
I have some good news. Together: A Manifesto Against the Heartless World is coming out in Turkish, finally. After two days you receive this letter, the book will be in the bookshops. I’ve written it in English and so far, it has been translated into four languages. But being translated to Turkish, to my mother tongue is a unique and, to tell the truth, excruciating experience. One feels devastatingly alienated from one’s language, even if the translation is perfect. That is why in fact, I wrote to you two weeks ago that my journey with my Kon-Tiki might not have any arrival. Once you leave the shore of your mother tongue there is nowhere to arrive. Anyways.
So, I have new plans for us that you’ll hopefully find exciting. Since the Turkish members of letters from now will have the opportunity to have a look at the book, I thought of doing something new starting from January. A new year, a new expedition, so to speak. Until now we didn’t have a route to follow. We enjoyed the experience of writing to each other and what I understand from your letters, this gave a nice structure to your Saturdays. But now we will have more than that. I propose that we follow the ten big words I’ve discussed in Together to deeply think, write and talk about them, one word per month. The first word is faith in humankind. Let’s stop seeking hope and have faith in our kind so we create the hope from there on.
“As explosive as the word faith may be it also sits at the very core of the question of political action. We should all come to terms with the fact that faith is and can be the only reason to act when all is lost.” Together, chapter 1.