Δευτέρα, 6 Ιουλίου 2015

An argument from the heart...

Almost a decade ago, I was on the "market" to buy a house. It was during the last couple of years of the so called "fat cows"... Soon after in 2008, the world economic crisis began, and as the "markets" started to collapse, and Greece found itself under Troika "management" (or rather attempted management) my finances along with the rest of the world's and my country's "collapsed" making my "dream" remain exactly that, a dream...

but I have one of these...

Back then I sat with a good friend and business associate as he explained in irrefutable numbers why it was not a good idea to borrow in order to buy a house. His arguments were very convincing, but he accepted there was one argument he could not go against, and that was the one of the "heart". The good feeling that comes with having your own house was not one he could disprove.

As the situation here became increasingly difficult, with memorandum after memorandum being implemented and the greek homeowner being taxed to extremes, I thanked god I had not bought a house...



As liquidity and bank loans also dried up and the banks started to ask for their money back I thanked God I had no property at all.

Today our Finmin Mr Yanis Varoufakis was forced to resign. Many of us, me included, considered and consider him still, very much a hero. He has been accused of not being enough of a "politician" and this endears me to him even more. But Europe thnks he is the devil...



I recently read his book "Explaining the Economy to my Daughter"

I challenge anyone to read his views and find them wrong. The only argument I cannot go against, is that which anyone might offer, that his views on the economy are not conducive to the continued support of the "markets" and that  "money" is only a tool meant to be used against people in the most terrible way. In other words if profit and money is your "god" I cannot argue with that... but do you have a heart?

Money, and with it Debt,  was first invented to aid commerce and the exchange of goods, but it very soon became a tool of conquering lives, keeping them under a gold or silver, then paper "boot". Finally through the modern banking system it has even become "virtual"... An "imaginary" means of keeping people down, all in the name of "profit" the one true God, of the banking and market system.



We have even created stock markets, modern temples where money is adored, created, multiplied at the cost of human lives, who are are worth nothing to those who worship the dollar or Euro...

The last few days, Greece's economy is teetering on the brink of collapse. Yet on the beach yesterday, we enjoyed the sun and sea, those in love gazed into each others eyes, chidren were played with, families had fun. Later we would enjoy a meal, at a restaurant, while we still can, and the day drew to a close with lovers in each others arms.

The Beatles once sang "Money can't buy me love" and this is very true.

Look at all the high and low priests of the money world... their "happiness" is invariably built on a good many people's UNhappiness.



Is this a world we want to be a part of?

We who live here and grew up here, know the problems that Greece has faced and continues to face. The European institutions would have you believe that they want our good... but if they had really wanted to see real change in Greece they would have helped us bring our corrupt politicians to justice, rather than give them the mandate to apply illogical cuts, wrong ideas and stupid decisions on our lives... For a while many said Greece was an experiment..an experiment on how much the taxpayer can put up with...

Many Greeks, me included, refuse to accept a bad rescue plan being implemented by the exact people who made it necessary. And it is obvious to me now, more than ever, that Greece is a microcosm of Europe.

Corrupt politicians supposedly showing us the right way to salvation... Corrupt EUROPEAN politicians showing corrupt GREEK politicians how to fuck the population.

Do they think we are so stupid?

Mr Varoufakis did not apparently want to play their game so they got rid of him. If they had a modicum of integrity, they would also resign too, and allow others to try and reach some agreement.

What they have to realise is that we are not numbers. We are People. Alive, trying to live a dignified life, bring up our children in a just world, love and be loved.



They have truly lost the plot.

As long as money and profit, remain the goals and the centre of attention there is no hope.

The curve of "happiness" that society and investing in it, is supposed to bring, is in decline. Life has to become simpler... the markets will eventually collapse. Nothing so self-centered can ever hope to be supported indefinitely...

Their arguments may have numbers behind them..but they have no "heart" ... and that is the problem.