Monday, January 14, 2013

Is Greece reforming or not?

My British friend was, for once, wrong: he had predicted a Grexit for Friday, January 11, 2013 at 22 hrs, but it didn't happen.

True to form, he sent me the following defence of his position today:

"Read today's 'Comment' in Ekathimerini entitled 'Samaras and the madhouse'. A true reflection of how I see the insurmountable problems in Greece - which can only be resolved by a return to the Drachma and a sole concentration on Tourism, Agriculture and Shipping together with an abandonment of true reforms across a myriad of professions. I.e. the Greeks will never change - except to be encouraged to enhance their activities in the three areas that I have mentioned".

Personally, I am at a loss. For quite some time now have I read reports how much progress Greece was making on just about everything and now the Executive Editor of a major newspaper writes that this is not so. 

Who in the world knows what's really going on in Greece? 


  1. Who in the world knows what's really going on in Greece?

    Nobody, not now.
    That needs more analyzes, more information, more details, the same counts for all wars, so, call me back later, in 2034.
    If I am still alive then.

    Is there a war then, in Greece?
    Yes, a mental war. It is a battle of minds, Darkness against Light, much much Negativity influences people on the moment and therefore very difficult to break through it, it is like a huge strong wall.

    Who will win? What we see now as good can be bad tomorrow, and vice versa. All is changing. Also opinions. Life decides, evolution. We all contribute in it and therefore it is so important to tune with what is inside of yourself. Not running after opinions because all are running behind it.

    All what serves evolution gets support from the universal forces, unseen, but there. If people could see the astral energies in Greece (for instance), in people, around people, the media, on the streets, politicians, it would be so easy to chose, to make choices. People who are not evolved enough like the black forces more than the light ones. Till they get enough of it. Because they do not bring happiness, well being, progress.

    What for the one is heaven is hell for the other. Some people like it to be negative, and join negativity, feel it as heaven, and what is heaven for others is experienced as hell by them.

    It is very easy to influence people. It is so much easier to follow Darkness, Negativity. Light (Positivity) is not so easy to follow, strange but true. The media should be aware of their responsibility in this.
    Jung spoke about this:
    Carl Gustav Jung - The Origin of Evil

    To your friend:
    Those who see more than others are completely clear in thinking. Pure logic thinking. There is so much what is influencing facts, disturbing the logic of the mind, that it is not possible to foretell. Mostly we cannot see, not collect all information that is needed to be able to "foretell". And again: time cannot be foretold. An about, yes, but there are cases that it finally took ten years, instead of a day, or a month.
    Very interesting / acceptable to read (not any hocus-pocus):
    "Looking into the Invisible....: Intuition, Clairvoyance, Dreams"
    (Omraam Mikhael Aïvanhof)

  2. Personally, I think I've just about given up on Alexis Papachelas, I'm never sure where he's coming from or where he's going to next. He seems to have no consistent position on anything.

    One of the commentors to AP's editorial provides a link to AP-E's latest column in the UK Daily Telegraph - its one of his better ones. Love him or loathe him, there is one thing you can be reasonably sure of with AP-E, which is what he says today will be probably be coherent with what he said yesterday, and what he'll say tomorrow - exceptions do occur, but only when he's feeling tired and emotional.

    Papachelas reminds me of a sail flapping in the wind when you loosen the sheets just before dropping anchor and yelling at your crew to "slacken the halyard before the... boom hits that stay and brings the... down on top of us".

    Does anyone else have this reaction to Papachelas - or is it just me?

    I've tried asking this question via Disqus at EKathi a couple of times, but it didn't get past the watchers.


  3. Todays item The tyranny of little things from Nikos Konstandaras makes much better reading.

    I also learnt today that the Romani language borrows from Greek. This is thought to have happened as the Roma migrated from India to Europe around 1,000CE through the Levant/Asia Minor. Which reminded me that Greek was the lingua franca of that region at that time - they also picked up some Armenian. See When Did Roma Leave India? I will paste the paragraph about the Romani borrowings from Greek at the bottom.

    I liked the comment to the Konstandaras item from YanniMetropolis - what he says regarding the raising of boys versus girls was interesting, and gives a clue how it may be possible to change things from the bottom up.

    Putting the two things together gave me an insight as to why I see so many parallels between Greeks and the peoples of the Levant. I live in a street of about 40 houses, my guess is that 30% of the families have a Greek heritage, and 30% have a Lebanese heritage. The way they raise their children is very similar, and is much as YanniMetropolis describes. There are also many other similarities, cars, furniture, food, music ...

    If peace were to come to the Middle East, then I can foresee a Levantine Union, with Greece, Turkey, Syria, Cyprus, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine as founding members. If the Europeans can learn to live in peace after centuries of war, why not the Levantines. Now I'm indulging in modern fantasies.


    From When Did Roma Leave India?

    The immense Greek influence on Romani testifies not only to widespread bilingualism among the Roma and to their minority status, but also to a long period of intense contact with Greek-speaking populations. Crucially, the Greek influence permeated all areas of Romani, including its lexicon, morphology, and syntax.

    Among Greek loanwords in Romani are nouns like drom ‘road’ from the Greek drómos ‘road’, zumin ‘soup’ from the Greek zumí ‘soup’, xoli ‘anger’ from the Greek xolí ‘anger’, luludi ‘flower’, fóros ‘town’, kókalo ‘bone’, skamín ‘chair’ and many more, as well as grammatical words like pale ‘again’ from the Greek pale ‘again’, komi ‘still’ from the Greek akómi ‘still’, and numerals efta ‘seven’, oxto ‘eight’, and enja ‘nine’. Morphological borrowings from Greek into Romani include the marker of ordinal numbers -to (as in pandžto ‘fifth’), nominal endings as in prezident-os ‘president’, slug-as ‘slave’, čač-imos ‘truth’, and endings that identify loan verbs as in mog-in-ava ‘I can’, intr-iz-ava ‘I enter’. Greek has also had an immense impact on the syntax of Romani. The Greek influence can be seen in the emergence of a definite article placed before the noun (e.g. o čhavo ‘the boy’) and the shift from Object-Verb (as in the rest of Indic languages) to Verb-Object order (e.g. xav manřo ‘I eat bread’, where the verb xav indicates that the subject is ‘I’). Other features that can be attributed to Greek influence are postposed relative clauses introduced by a general relativizer kaj (as in o manuš kaj giljavel ‘the man who sings’) and the contrast between a factual complementizer kaj and a non-factual one te.

  4. Since I am Greek and live in Greece, allow me to comment.

    Yes, nothing has really changed, apart from wage/ pension cuts (applied, as ever, in an unjust manner).

    You know, I always disliked Greece, and it's peculiarities.

    It seemed like a good idea at the time to remove the "printing press" from the politicians.

    However, this crisis has made me dislike Europe even more.

    You may fool yourselves all you want. This crisis ain't getting better. Not in the Eurozone. The PMIs are getting worse everywhere, and unemployment is soaring.

    But yeah, somehow all of the Eurozone will turn to Germany and export it's way out this mess (a prerequisite for state surpluses and demand suppression).


  5. Greece is not reforming, just cutting back, which keeps the Germans happy just as well.

    Tourism (17% of GDP, 19% of workforce) cannot involve the mainly urban greek population.

    Agriculture is something that does not concern the mainly urban greek population.

    Shipping is controlled by companies based abroad. Ship crews are foreign.