Athens, 17 July 2013
This letter was initially intended to be addressed to Wolfgang Schäuble – who has the nerve and the stubbornness to visit my country tomorrow – as well as to members of the Greek and the European Parliaments. However, what is happening to Greece, concerns all the inhabitants of this planet, as much as what is happening to Cyprus, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, France, Turkey, Egypt, Gaza, Iraq, Syria, the Balkans, Vietnam, directly involves us all.
Wolfgang Schäuble is a comfortable personification of the surrealistically legalized immorality and the greedy insanity of Globalization. We, rather they, are expecting him to pay us a visit and test the obedience of his governmental subjects. Herr Schäuble pays visits, while he and the German Government emphatically refuse to pay back to Greece the billions due to my country against the WWII German damages, as well as against the obligatory loan that the German occupators grabbed from our Treasury. Actually, the total amount of real money that Germany owes to Greece exceeds the total amount of the weird and questionable, to say the least, “Greek loan”.
Dear All, Greece, Hellas, is the Mother of Science, Art, Culture. Hellas is the Source of the Light of Civilization, while our language is the perfect expression of Humanity. I do not intend to dwell on the ancient glory. What matters to all of us is the present. Misguided by our mass enthusiasm for kicking out the military junta in 1974, we allowed untrustworthy and incapable people to govern our country, repeatedly voting for them and their family members. We allowed, by our democratic approval, greedy and superficial people to lead our country to a moral, social and financial catastrophe. It is our political fault. However, it would be unfair to exterminate a Nation because it has corrupted and short-sighted politicians. Mistakes are corrected. Mistakes are lessons. For some reason, unknown to us now, Greece is a protagonist in Global Politics, being a negative example.
Econometrics and Statistics can be very dangerous to the stability of the Human Society’s network, when taken for granted.
Since 2010, when the Greek Prime Minister and his team made the deal with the international bankers and other power groups, the majority of the Greek population has been suffering a galloping impovertization that is miserably drying us of our beautiful qualities, dragging our blood, both metaphorically and physically.
One employee is being fired every 18 minutes. The approximately 2.000.000 of jobless citizens, in a population of 10.500.000 and a work force of 7.500.000 approximately, are increased by one new unemployed citizen every eighteen minutes! These figures are the important ones! These figures kill our co-citizens. These figures are murder to our society, our dignity, our everyday life, our future, our children!
There is so much talk in the national and international Media about the installments that Greece will or will not receive from the international Shylocks, to whom Greece has or does not have the financial resources to pay back, regardless of the fact that all this money is a virtual reality that has nothing to do with old fashioned cash. The Greek tragedy annoyingly resembles the court scene in The Merchant of Venice. I do hope that a Shakespearian solution will close the curtain.