1 July 2015

Greeks in need....a need to be more tolerant

Greece;the birthplace of democracy
Greece;the birthplace of democracy.


Greece is going through some tough times right now; all Greeks are worried, afraid, and unsure of what the future holds.

It is sad to see people queuing at the ATM machines, sad to see people wondering if they will receive their pensions, afraid that maybe they have lost their hard-earned life savings.

I am so sorry to see my beloved Greece in such turmoil.

What saddens and scares me most of all though, is to see the wonderful  Greek people turning against each other, at a time when they really need to stand together.

I have seen friends, people that I thought knew better, educated people, young people, people who only recently were shouting about democracy, shouting out against racism, now “Unfriending” “Friends" from Facebook, drinking their frappe in another coffee shop because their usual place is frequented by “The Other Side”, because they have different opinions.

I am so disappointed in them, where is their PHILOTIMO where is their empathy, their compassion for their fellow countrymen?

  When it comes down to it, we are all in the same boat.

No single Greek political party, nor Europe alone, caused this downfall of Greece, we have all, every one of us, had a hand in it, by not paying the taxes that we should have, turning a blind eye when not offered a receipt in a shop, doing the odd job for cash in hand.

Each and every one of us has done it.

These narrow-minded people, turning against family and friends, are pleased, that because of the referendum, scheduled for this coming Sunday, people are showing "their true colours" meaning, they now know who votes for who, or, whether they will vote YES, or NO, and whether or not they should still say good morning on meeting them in the street.

I’ll let you into a secret, it is you who are showing your true colours, and it is sad, so very, very sad.

For those of you that don’t know the meaning of the word bigotry, here it is, and, this is you:

“Stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one's own. “

Synonyms:

Prejudice, bias, partiality, sectarianism, discrimination, unfairness, injustice, intolerance, fanaticism, dogmatism,racism.


Not nice is it?

Come on, you're better than that!

What Greece needs now, more than ever, is to be united.
We may not all have the same opinions, the same ideas, what  we do have  in common however, all of us, is Greece's best interests at heart.

Remember this:

Aesop’s The Four Oxen and the Lion





A Lion used to prowl about a field in which Four Oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to one another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them. At last, however, they fell a-quarreling among themselves, and each went off to pasture alone in a separate corner of the field. Then the Lion attacked them one by one and soon made an end of all four.

United we stand, divided we fall. 


5 comments:

  1. I love the story of the four oxen and the lion
    Hilary

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    1. Yes Hilary, all Aesop's fables are short, sweet and to the point!
      Susan. xxx

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  2. Hello ,I've been reading your blog for the past few days now and then, captured by your spontaneity and discreet sense of humor,that is neither gossipy nor offensive,by which you narrate your life's incidents,through which one can realize what are your most significant priorities and values in life.Your way of describing these stories is so vivid and still simple enough so as not to tire the reader . I was easily able to picture everything you describe here as if watching a photo album or a film made of parts of your life.The films had parts of everything in them,sometimes they were like adventures,others like comedies or like romantic novels,social dramas,family series,even documentaries,you name it,it was a bit of everything.I liked your blog and your stories a lot,I even bookmarked it to keep up with newer posts.
    Have you ever thought of becoming a writer?Your autobiography could become a book that someone could easily read on the beach for instance,I know its easier said than done,but you seem to have enough material for at least to begin with it.I'm not an editor by the way, just giving an idea.Greetings from Thessaloniki , have a nice summer and keep on blogging eagerly and undeterred as you usually do.

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    1. Wow, thank you so much for your wonderful comments, I am so pleased you like the style,and so good to hear, as that is exactly what I was aiming for, something light, not too serious, or, exaggerated (everything is true by the way!) and not something that reads like a daily diary.
      I really haven't thought about becoming a writer,...something I may look into, thanks for putting the idea into my head! Where on earth would I start? Needs a big think!
      I must make more effort and write more posts, but the weather is so glorious, and, the sea is my passion!
      Have a great summer yourself, thanks for reading and for your encouragement, much appreciated.
      Greeting from Loutraki.
      Love
      Susan
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They make all my efforts worthwhile,.

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