Monday, 15 September 2014

WHY THE GREEKS?

-At the Assembly, they discussed, debated, and, finally, voted on important issues such as changing voting laws or how to fight the Persians who wanted to control Greece.



-Why deal with the Greeks?

Said someone once causing me huge surprise.

-Their time has passed, now is the turn of others to lead the world.

If anything, the above attitude shows ignorance of both the world and of local history. Skillfully, the education of all countries (with few exceptions) has passed the idea that Greek history is something that concerns the Greeks. But is it so? Clearly not! John Stuart Mill said that:

"The Battle of Marathon, even as an event in English history, is more important than the Battle of Hastings. If the issue of that day had been different, the Britons and the Saxons might still have been wandering in the woods."[1]

Regarding more recent history, the historian Eugen Weber said:

"After all, the civilization of the West is a by-product of the will of Byzantium to survive."

These are two of the thousands of quotes concerning the contribution of the Greeks and the inextricable link between Greek history with the individual histories of the peoples of the world. I will not analyze it further. The proof of what I say is out there for anyone interested.





Since the contribution of my ancestors to global history and civilization is a fact, I will grab only one thing, DEMOCRACY! This, alone, is a serious reason for the expulsion of the Greeks from education. Reasonable, since which power would teach their young how to overturn it? Because, dear reader, at this time on planet Earth, there is not one democratic state!
2500 years ago, a society managed to achieve what all societies seek: the good life! No other has achieved it since. Once, a descendant of Solon sought to make a new Seisachtheia[2] that would lead back to democracy and good living, again on the same soil. However, he was considered very dangerous and his existence was terminated. The killers found asylum in the embassy of a "superpower" of that era. However, Ioannis Kapodistrias managed to organize the closest to a democratic state that exists right now in the world: Switzerland!

Democracy, has historically proven to be the means to achieve well-living.The answers, the. ... know-how is there offered to us selflessly by the most sophisticated, democratic society that has ever existed; the Athens of Solon, Cleisthenes, Ephialtes[3], Pericles but mainly the Athenian Citizens. If education has expelled the Greeks from its school curricula, there is infinite literature out there for the restless spirits. I am sure that whoever grapples with anything Greek would understand much. Like, for example, the shameless campaign against the Greeks especially in recent years when capitalism begins to show its true, anti-democratic face.

So my answer to the question why should one deal with the Greeks:

As mankind tries to achieve the "good life" Greeks are the ones we should deal with.”


[1]Importance in World History

It was John Stuart Mill who said that the Battle of Marathon was a more important event in British history than the Battle of Hastings. If the Greek army had been defeated at Marathon, then who knows how world history might have panned out? We might not have had any of the great Greek innovations passed down to us today. The great Greek playwright Aeschylus was present at the battle, and his death would have changed the development of Greek tragedy as an art form. Though it is easy to ask 'What if?' of every major event in history, the Athenian victory was clearly very important, both for Ancient Greece and the world in the future. http://news.bbc.co.uk/dna/place-lancashire/plain/A10083395

[2]Seisachtheia (Greek: σεισάχθεια, from σείειν seiein, to shake, and ἄχθος achthos, burden, i.e. the relief of burdens) was a set of laws instituted by the Athenian lawmaker Solon (c. 638 BC–558 BC) in order to rectify the widespread serfdom and slavery that had run rampant in Athens by the 6th century BC, by debt relief.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seisachtheia)

[3] Ephialtes (Greek: Ἐφιάλτης, Ephialtēs) was an ancient Athenian politician and an early leader of the democratic movement there. In the late 460s BC, he oversaw reforms that diminished the power of the Areopagus, a traditional bastion of conservatism, and which are considered by many modern historians to mark the beginning of the "radical democracy" for which Athens would become famous. These powers included the scrutiny and control of office holders, and the judicial functions in state trials. He introduced pay for public officeholders, reduced the property qualifications for holding a public office, and created a new definition of citizenship.[1] Ephialtes, however, would not live to participate in this new form of government for long. In 461 BC, he was assassinated, probably at the instigation of resentful oligarchs, and the political leadership of Athens passed to his deputy, Pericles.

Monday, 25 August 2014

The Greek Secret

A video, anyone should watch!



Hellenismset of values focused to elevate man, puts him at the center of the universe, making even the Gods subjected to human frailty, and man himself "far above all material things". Not affected by external factors, it does not change its course because there is no central planning, marches haughtily, idifferent for the existance of rival ideas, and this is why it is not vengeful. Does not proselytize, does not select fans and followers. It is universal-human, everyone who comes in contact with it becomes an apostle without an obligation to follow some standard or doctrine. It is a machine put forward by the Greeks (Hellenes) and has since then, been operated alone, independent, powered by all the bright and restless spirits who share its ideas, conciously or unconciously. It is everywhere and always, in space and time so it si UNSTOPPABLE!
The main thing is that Hellenism is a constantly evolving process.
Sunday, 24 August 2014

France rebels against austerity as Europe's recovery collapses

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France’s finance minister sends tremors through European capitals with a defiant warning that his country would no longer try to meet deficit targets.

German GDP contracted 0.2pc, is France once again stuck at zero and Italy is already in a triple-dip recession
Eurozone strategy is in tatters after economic recovery ground to a halt across the region and France demanded a radical shift in policy, warning that austerity overkill is driving Europe into a depression.
Growth slumped to zero in the second quarter, with Germany contracting by 0.2pc and France once again stuck at zero. Italy is already in a triple-dip recession.
Yields on 10-year German Bunds fell below 1pc for the first time in history, beneath levels seen during the most extreme episodes of deflation in the 19th century. French yields also touch record lows. Much of the eurozone is replicating the pattern seen in Japan as it slid into a deflation trap in the late 1990s.
It is unclear whether tumbling yields are primarily a warning signal of stagnation ahead or a bet by investors that the European Central Bank will soon be forced to launch quantitative easing, buying government bonds across the board.
Michel Sapin, France’s finance minister, sent tremors through European capitals with a defiant warning that his country would no longer try to meet its deficit targets and would not inflict further damage on its economy by tightening into the downturn. “I refuse to raise taxes to close any budget gaps,” he said.
“What is absolutely necessary is to adjust the pace of deficit reduction to the exceptional situation we are in today. Growth is too weak in Europe and inflation is too low. We must therefore stop reinforcing the causes of this depression,” he told RTL television.
“We must face the figures in front of us with realism. The truth is that, contrary to the forecasts of the International Monetary Fund and the [European] Commission, growth has broken down, both in France and in Europe.”
He halved his French growth forecast to 0.5pc this year and to little more than 1pc next year, too weak to stop unemployment hitting fresh highs. The IMF has already warned that there will be no job growth until 2016.
Germany has so far refused to yield any ground on austerity policies but is increasingly vulnerable. Revised data show that the economy has been far weaker than thought over the past two years, falling into a significant double-dip recession last year. Professor Paul De Grauwe, from the London School of Economics, said: “They are victims of their own folly. Germany needs massive investment in its energy sector and it should be doing it now while it can borrow for almost nothing.”

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