Friday, May 7, 2010


What a powerful weapon people’s ignorance can be in the hands of those who know how to orchestrate it! Propaganda promulgating puzzlement has split the tide of public opinion in the aftermath of the huge May 5 rally that resulted in three deaths (and a multitude of political cock-fights over who should be held morally responsible for these...)

Fury is also a dangerous weapon. And fury was so dense at the rally numbering 120,000-150,000 people that you could carve it up with a knife!

The hate, squabbling and social arrest hovering over Athens is like ash from  Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano bringing everything else to a standstill. (I guess revolutions are always much more romantic before or after they actually take place...there's just a lot of pain in the middle...and if we stand close enough to the crater's edge, we may well see a revolution brewing.)

By the way, if you want to read one of the most spot-on perspectives I've read about the causes and possible solutions to the crisis, CLICK HERE FOR ARCHIVE FIRE'S BRILLIANT ANALYSIS.

As for those who are not interested in their own country's economy, let alone that of Greece, I humbly apologise. It's just very hard for me to talk about picnics, what I had for breakfast, my latest hair cut, how I'd like a weekend on Myconos at a time when there is rioting every day and such disarray in this beautiful country. But Mother's Day is coming up and I promise to take the focus back to the usual soon...whatever that is, of course. Still haven't figured out what this BLOG is really about...or what it wants to be when it grows up. (All suggestions are welcome).
Also, Robin, I haven't forgotten you...I WILL get round to your award soon.



Ro Magnolia said...

OMG, please do not apologize for writing about what is clearly not only a matter of your heart's passion, but of your country's lifeblood. Not having lived through what you are experiencing, I can still appreciate your words that a revolution may be romantic in retrospect, but clearly not so much in the middle of it.

I'm trying hard to reconcile what's happening in Athens today with my own idyllic trip to Greece two years ago. As tourists, I think mainly we see what we want to see. In my mind's eye, I'm sitting on a lovely sun-drenched patio on Tinos, drinking a glass of wine and watching the distant ferry boat go by and it's very hard to replace that image with the stark reality of extreme harsh economic times, deep political corruption, hundreds of thousands of angry protesters, and 3 dead bank workers. Your blog is helping me put together the pieces in my mind.

Purple Cow said...

Every country has its layers. Greece is ALSO the image you have of it...It is not just about angry protestors...Just as the US is more than Hollywood and the UK is more than Buckingham Palace. I think we see different things at different times. And I don't think that by appreciating what is beautiful in a place on a holiday you are not seeing something REAL.

As a world though we are more greatly linked than we believe. At least, at the moment, I find it disastrously intriguing how easily economies affect each other in a tangled web that certain credit houses have created...It never quite occured to me at this level before...Just as we have ecosystems we have eco(nomo)systems.

ecelliam said...

I have been reading about what's going on in Athens, there is a story about the "Protesting Dogs" very interesting, people are wondering if it's the same dog.
I'll go back an click on that article . Thank you

Purple Cow said...

"protesting dogs"?