A Personal “Look Back” to Mellon School: The Ivy Between Us

It was so exciting to see my friends from Mellon School after four years. Indeed, it was quite impressive to be a part of this summer school, this collective dream and endeavor, which has left 11 years behind and brought together hundreds of people. I felt that I was a member of a community where everyone shows care and compassion to each other; where everyone listens to each other. Of a community that one can share anything that comes to mind  out of serendipity. Of a community like an ivy that spraws with "love" and extends and embraces itself like a dancing body.

If you were here among us, you would feel the happy but sad tone of Mellon School founder Martin Puchner's opening speech as I do. Martin spoke of looking back. I felt it every time when he said “looking back”. Because by “looking back”, we open up ourselves to the possibilities of alterity hidden in time; because by “looking back” we embrace each other in the common fragility of freedom dreams that were (un)fulfilled then and there. Because by “looking back”, the heart gets thinner as it grows bigger. Because by “looking back” we become vulnarable.

If you were here among us, we would draw our dreams like children in the air  to change this world “as is” and to create a new world of “what if”.

If you were here among us, you would talk with us about love, care, compassion, and leave a word between us for a new narrative of humanity beyond human. You would be a part of a collective dream that was realistic but spiritual, critical but loving, happy but melancholic.

If you were here among us, we would feel together how important it is to breathe. That the human existence is only a single breath in this world, and that the heart is a space constantly narrowing and expanding in that breath.

If you were here, the "ivy between us" would get bigger with “light, music, and love”.

*The word ivy in Turkish, sarmaşık contains the following meanings; ışık (light), meşk (music) and aşk (love).

See also: Eylem Ejder