To my friends who are wondering if I am okay here in Greece. I am, but I have to tell you, Europe is using weapons of mass destruction
Yep – you heard it here first.
Fear and Despair – as destructive to the soul of life as those that actually destroy life itself. Throw in a few anger and blame bombs and you’ve got sticky fire like napalm.
Like refugees, the elderly sleep on the steps of the bank…
We’re not at war, Greece is ostensibly in negotiations with its partners in the European Union, but like refugees, the elderly sleep on the steps of the bank to get their life sustaining pensions. For others the banks are closed. No one is spending because no one knows how long the banks will be closed, or God forbid the ATMs run out of cash. We take so much for granted until those basic expectations are yanked out of sight.
Technically it is illegal for the banks to close, for the Central bank to deny support – the Greek banks have not been declared insolvent – because they are not. And the default has not been announced and with some foresight, might not be called for 30 days to allow time for saner minds to prevail.
Saner minds. Well, it’s so easy to say ‘he should have done that’ and ‘she shouldn’t have done the other’. Or to say the banks shouldn’t be closed and the elderly shouldn’t be sleeping on stairs and Greeks abroad on business or holiday shouldn’t be stranded because all of a sudden their debit and credit cards don’t work, but that is what is happening.
So what is the answer to no question?
In Greece, voters must return to their place of birth, and voting is mandatory. Concessions can be made, but by and large those who do not live in their hometown, must travel. But, how? And the question posed for the referendum this Sunday is now moot. So what is the answer to no question?
And it doesn’t seem to matter that Nobel laureates and global economists are pointing out that the impact of the debt levied on Greece in 2010 was incorrect in its assessment and should never have been granted; that instead of 12% unemployment there is 35%. Inflation would not increase they said, but when you demand salaries cut by 50% inflation has just increased 100%. It just doesn’t show on paper only in people’s lives.
And of course the consultant on record at the time was Goldman Sachs …
It would seem that lenders have as much or more culpability than borrowers to assure that borrowing is a constructive rather than destructive act. But that notion got flipped on its back with the subprime loan debacle. And of course the consultant on record at the time was Goldman Sachs, hmmmm. Or that the €1.7 Billion in interest on the loans was to be paid back to Greece last year and is now still a bargaining chip. At any rate, these are not part of the present negotiable ‘facts’, as if some things are written in granite and others that should be written in stone are semantic playthings. Like mice tossed in the air by cats.
“…beginning to reveal the true nature of the ongoing debt dispute, and the answer is not pleasant”
The previous Prime Minister Samaras had no better luck and each time he conceded to the wishes of the powers that be, they asked for more. This is the reason a left-wing government was voted in to the surprise of everyone – including the new party members themselves. I’d like to think what is happening now isn’t personal about Tsipras, but I believe it is a bit of that too. A left wing government is the antithesis of what the EU would prefer for many reasons far beyond mere politics. And to be sure, hard and soft communism, neo liberalism, Christian democratic union are labels in a shell game that disguises the actual position of good governance. Joseph Stiglitz, Professor at Columbia University, recipient of the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in economics says, “In fact, European leaders are finally beginning to reveal the true nature of the ongoing debt dispute, and the answer is not pleasant: it is about power and democracy much more than money and economics.” (The Guardian)
In their very DNA from the time of the Hellenic Miracle that offered the world the politics, science, medicine and art that we have built Western civilizations upon, Greeks are political creatures. They debate and speculate and gesticulate but at the end of these days here, there is no perceived ‘good’ outcome. It will either be bad or worse. And how bad it will be seems to be in direct proportion to how resistant the Greek government will be. Is this punishment or democratic problem solving?
My mother used to say, “there is no right or wrong in domestic affairs”. By that she meant that no matter what assails a family, a solution must be sought that preserves the family, mitigates challenges and strengthens opportunities. I would like to see this philosophy imposed on these talks and negotiations. The EU has deemed the referendum null and illegal. But negotiations will not resume until after this date and the banks will remain closed. The worry, the anxiety the despair of the unknown is the life-numbing wraith called FEAR. And it is being employed dispassionately.
Greece is most definitely the rebellious child who is being beaten within an inch of its life as a warning to its siblings.
Whatever one’s politics, Greece is most definitely the rebellious child who is being beaten within an inch of its life as a warning to its siblings. There is an agenda and it is not the greater good for the greater number if we factor in the ‘good’ of quality of life along with money and power.
Friends from Canada who are on their way to be with us sent a video “Greece Debit Crisis: How the Cap is affecting the Islands”. And there was our little island of Aegina and speculation of shortages of gas or food. One fear catapults into another. Will this really happen? If it does, there will be ways to manage it, but for now it is enough that the match has been tossed on the gasoline.
Does it need to be this way? One thinks that more equitable short-term measures might have been taken. But there it is. It is what it is. I don’t worry because I cannot believe that in peacetime, when there is excess in the world, that one country would cause another country to be without food if it could help it. Perhaps I am naïve.
“Therefore, obviously, you have to control what people think.”
One doesn’t have to go too far back in history to find Edward Bernays, nephew of Sigmund Freud who upon watching the control of the masses during WW1 adapted his uncle’s concepts to create incisive propaganda to control crowds in peacetime. To what end? – To manage the populace. He wrote this in 1928, “It’s going to be harder to run things as a private club. Therefore, obviously, you have to control what people think.”
Over the century those psychological practices have been boon to control our world and leave us feeling vulnerable and at risk dependent on the goodwill of our ‘leaders’. There are ways of moving a populace into compliance. And it seems to be happening here. Those of us who are conscious know that this not only impacts the little country like Greece, but the globe, our people, our animals, our water, our air, our food, our freedom, our peace.
We are all citizens of a global community.
I see a very different dynamic being played out. Beneath the agendas and isms, there are people. And if you are a conscious being you know that what is done to one is done to all. We are all citizens of a global community. Someone commented to me on Facebook “hope you don’t have any money in the bank.” What if I don’t when so many others do? When politics loses humanitarian sensibility we face deeper questions than whether to answer yes or no to a non-question. What is the safeguard on our ‘more sophisticated’ countries’ potential for unlimited power? How free are we actually? And how cocky would you be if the banks closed without notice and you had only what was in your jeans?
Reach for the only weapons that annihilate those of mass destruction…
When it seems that the way ahead is a dark tunnel for Greece and some in the world are naive enough to think Greeks brought this on entirely themselves, or that a violation of democratic process does not impact us if it doesn’t affect us directly, then we have to reach for the only weapons that annihilate those of mass destruction. And these are love and consciousness. When we invoke them we change the whole world in an instant. I am calling on my friends and friends of those friends to send love, send Reiki, send prayers – whatever you’ve got! Send intention for transparancey in governance, a win/win solution in this crisis, and to give the Greek people courage to weather the storm and to dissipate fear so that constructive solutions can be created. To set aside opinion and do what you would have someone do for you. It’s a powerful tool and the Golden Rule – not a bad one to live by.
With love from Aegina Island, Greece.