… from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
The bankers, or rather some bankers, worry, many financial journalists worry, because everybody and his bitch (normally a dog, but no misogyny here…) is now an expert on finance, especially the Greek/EU finance, but the Greeks do not worry – Zeus, Marx or somebody will provide. It is all a big joke. No banker will be out of pocket whatever happens, not to mention jailed. Financial journalists will find another “issue” to be wrong about.
And as for the Greeks – after all, their mini-predicament is, as ever, somebody else’s fault– be it socialists, capitalists, EU socialists, EU, Germans and the oldie, but always a goodie – Jews. It seems that while blaming Jews is becoming increasingly fashionable, the numbers still favour the Germans. There is something to it; Germans should never allowed Greece to join European Union, and, after that glaring mistake, should have learned from it and not have compounded it by financing the Greek socialist experiment. So Germans can be blamed.
Learning from history or even from ancient myths is beyond the ability of most. Something called a Trojan horse was a Greek facsimile of a horse, akin to the manufactured accounts the Greek government presented as truthful to gain entry to the European Union. See where is Troja now. Today’s Greeks are as human as the ancient ones; fickle, venal, treacherous and I do not wish to start on their bad qualities. After all, it was not Persians, Jews, Germans etc. who forced Socrates to commit suicide. It was the Greeks, themselves, possible ancestors (genetic testing, anyone?) of the contemporary Greeks, who now, by voting for assorted socialists force the whole country to commit a suicide.
Or maybe not. Last June poll showed that 79% of Greeks wanted to stay with euro, thus proving that they reached the infantilism stage in which everything is always somebody else’s duty. The Greeks of old may or may not have “invented” democracy, but the modern ones certainly have forgotten that voting in democracy also means responsibility. And while I have no evidence that Greeks “invented” the cargo cult, they certainly have taken to it with their accustomed vigour – chant ‘Marx’, ‘socialism’, ‘social justice’, ‘no austerity’ loudly and often, and the goods will come from heaven (or celestial kingdom). So far it works, though warmed up souvlaki…
No vision, or just a vision of Deus ex machina happy ending, is typical of any dying society. Pity the few remaining, normal, working Greeks*.
*/ I know my sarcasm is often too much for simple souls