Wednesday, April 25, 2012

That attitude will not get us out of the crisis.

I just saw this on Greek national television and I really have to make some comments on it.


I'm neither a public service worker, nor a thief.

And, I don't drink ouzo, break plates or say Opa in my daily life. Oh and I don't know Yorgo, Yanni, or Niko from Greece, although I am certain that they're really really nice...

My country is a democracy, actually it invented the concept...
Actually ancient Athens invented democracy, not Greece. If you consider that to be the same then your country also threw retarded or disabled children over a cliff (what we (and Nazis) call eugenics). Also modern Greeks OBVIOUSLY have no idea about how a democracy is supposed to work and this is obvious if you look at the way they vote: purely for personal short-term benefit.
I speak Greek and five other languages, and most of the people from my country speak at many foreign languages...
True, most people here speak Greek, English and one more language.
I could probably sew my country's flag in my backpack, but Greece's heritage goes far beyond the geographical borders. It invented the West...
What? It invented the west? What is that even supposed to mean?
I believe in Hellenism... The entire world aspires to its ideals... 
And if I owe anybody any money today -and by the way I am not the only one- it's because I invented the idea of a free market!
What the fuck is this girl talking about? There were people trading over the seas way before "Greeks" inhabited Greece. Also when did YOU (specifically) invent the free market? You, Katerina, did nothing about the "invention" of a free market and I doubt that a free market needs to be invented. It's just natural to trade things and if you do it outside state control, a free market emerges, it is not an invention.
And if you critique me today, it's because I invented the idea of critique.
 Again, when did YOU, Katerina, invent critique? Somebody else in the past did, and the world owes nothing to modern Greeks for that. On the other hand modern Greeks owe, as much as the rest of the western world, to those guys that ACTUALLY invented democracy and critique. Don't think that you are somehow less obliged to those who invented democracy then the rest of the world. We all owe them a lot. The fact that you were born in the same geographical area, speaking a similar, closely related, language with those that invented democracy doesn't entitle you to any special treatment or honor by the rest of the world, you were just "lucky".
I believe in Freedom , so if I need to, I protest...
In this country most people don't even know how to vote. Some of them even protest for the shit they themselves caused. Of course the rest of the people both know how to vote and protest but unfortunately practically nothing changes as long as those people remain a minority.
I believe in the joy of life. I have the right to. There's nothing wrong with that!
I can swim in the waters of over 6000 islands! M
y country is of exceptional beauty, and tradition.
Good for you and I agree to everything but the last thing. I consider tradition useless (and in some cases dangerous) cause it rallies people around trivial things instead of actual opinions and wants.
And my family is a sacred institution!
 In most civilizations the family is "sacred" in some way. Nothing to see here people, move along.
You call me Greek, but it's Hellene, NOT Greek, HELLENE!
"Greek" is also acceptable as well as many other names: . I turns out that it stems from Graikos, a son of Zeus. Also we are not the first country in the world that uses another name for itself than the rest of the world.
My name is Katerina...
My name is Kostas...
And I am Hellene...
And I was accidentally born in Greece, surrounded by arrogant and irrational people as well as a few bright exceptions.

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