OPINION

Opinion

In trying to overcome their fear after the terrorist blitz on September 11, the people of New York are apparently having more sex and eating more food than they used to… Indeed, what could bring more relief than surrendering oneself to the basic instincts for survival? But is it just that? Is it only fear which drives the bewildered citizens of the wounded American megacity to all kinds of voracious behavior or could it perhaps be something more, something related to the unexpected collapse of everyday life? Along with the feeling of security, an entire model for organizing our free time has also collapsed. Anguish has severed their ties with any normal way of life which would be unthinkable in the present circumstances. And the people of New York have turned from individuals with busy social lives into people stripped of sociability… Their free time is void of habits and desires – of nights out, shopping and dinners in restaurants. People, a leading newspaper reported, prefer to stay in and cook. And the entertainment industry is on the verge of collapse. This situation, among other things, demonstrates the extent to which our free time has been organized so as to serve the financial interests of businesses offering take-away desires. When we leave the office, we think we act according to our own free will – that will, however, has been shaped by outside forces. The forces of the market… Compiling a land register from scratch is, no doubt, a colossal project which becomes even more difficult due to the numerous outstanding legal issues. Moreover, the fact that it began with the listing of the problematic areas has delayed the procedures. However, lack of transparency and unjustified excesses have gone hand in hand with improper planning and poor administration.