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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
If Greeks Are Bold and Wise, Then They Can Truly Be Rich!
"When I look at Greece I see one of the richest
places in the world with untold potential for a booming sustainable economy,
one with more than enough human and natural resources for everyone to live
very, very well. So let us indeed think like the ancient Greeks, and look
forward into the unknown with vision and courage. Otherwise we shouldn’t even
call ourselves Greeks, as we will not deserve the wealth of this land. It is
ours to safeguard, not squander through petty-mindedness. But If we are bold
and wise, then we can truly, be rich” - see original article by Pavlos Zafiropoulos.
Nikos Dimou argued that Greeks are using all their energy to widen the distance between wishful thinking and reality, and he defines that distance as the 'misfortune of being Greek'. True, living in fantasy without any relation to reality is not a good recipe for happiness, at least not for sustained happiness.
On the other hand, Martin Luther King once spoke about 'having had a dream' and one can rightfully wonder if the US would have a black president today if King had never had that dream.
Regarding Greece, I come down on the side of Pavlos Zafiropoulos. If the distance between dream and reality is as wide as it presently is in Greece, the issue is how to bring reality closer to the dream and not how to wipe out the dream in favor of reality. Zafiropoulos' dream may be unrealistically beautiful; only time can tell. But there can be no doubt about the fact that Greek reality today is a lot worse than what the country has potential for.
It wouldn't hurt if Greek leaders of all walks of life read Zafiropoulos' article and, instead of explaining why that dream cannot ever become reality, started asking 'why not?'.