Respecting a democrat (English version)
Escrito por Diego Pérez el 12 noviembre, 2013
Some days ago, I was thinking of those words I used to have deeply embedded onto my mind, due to the non-stop and continuous efforts my parents made for giving me a proper education: “respect is a universal truth; it has nothing to do with measures, eye colors, languages or races.” To respect and to be respected: those are two concepts both close and far from each other when talking about their meaning and integration grade into our heterogeneous society.
The all-knowing human experience, just like a roll of film playing onto the big screen of our retinas the becoming of an ongoing story, like an infinite work-in-progress of a never released production, has taught human race one single and simple fact: History depends on who tells it. In an ideal word (not taking the Plato’s conception of what an idea is), we could think of mankind universal history as a big catchall with every single piece of personal and vital experiences each human being has lived while his stay on Earth, ordered and structured as an enormous and never-ending knowledge storehouse.
But neither does the one who is writing for you, nor you, dear reader, would ever eat into that fabulous and unreal historical conception. As I previously announced in my former article, human being is a one of a kind specimen, because it is the only living being capable to take over the rest of all living creatures on Earth, rising himself on tyrannical loneliness as the holder of any power over everything staying on the face of this planet. Because of this, the individual searches the ownership of a control, of a bigger and bigger power, and therefore, to spread that very control. Then, ¿what better way to make it happen than spreading a made-up myth of you as the responsible for many milestones achieved during world’s history?
Then, history is not a truthful mirror of the past reality, but a reflection of that very roll of film being played for the one who has the power. For this only reason, it is well known that history is always written by the victorious ones (or in a precise way, for those who prevail among the others).
So far, we have found subtly edited pieces of anecdotic tales from those very humans who during a shorter or longer period of time had the baton held by their right hand, and therefore had written a small slice of paper what had led some lazy textbook author to write a High-School World History book for just being scribbled or daubed by any beardless teen.
In any case, what remains true is that our current time is not just facing a breakup point with any trace of historical learning process through mankind history, but also tries to underestimate and make fun of those who suffered the pain of being defeated or had failed at any aim they had in mind. What many of us have been told, “don’t do that, ‘cause I’ve done it already and it’ll happen the same to you” is being undervalued and forgotten in order to rediscover and run into old and so well known obstacles our grandpas faced long ago, gone spectators of a story they’ve already seen and lived.
And so mean and hard may become the hate involving any past time as how deep this generational breakup intends to be, and so the main target where all acid and humiliating criticisms seems to point is the one what once let the members of this biped and so-called rational species to organize themselves into small communities where every single man could hold a theoretical (and practical as well) power to decide over their lives. The wise, everlasting and historical democracy of Classical Greece.
We could make kind of a flashback at this point, in order to understand better what, on prior, may seem as a pointless point of view. Looking back on our personal film about four years from the actual moment, we would found a scenario which would become undoubtedly the beginning of the breakup I’ve talked about some sentences back. During the late 2009, a simple news, apparently isolated from any economical or known context made the skeptical people to turn their looks over the Hellenic country, which so far was recognized by many people as that tiny country where “people make those weird and big yoghourts, dance like Anthony Quinn while playing his role of perhaps the most important film in Greek cinema history, and have noisy parties where from time to time they like to break dishes on the floor.” It was no surprise that many people still thought that Greeks wore sandals and togas just like during the classical times. Hard to believe, but true.
The news I’m referring to, involved the whole Mediterranean country into a big maze of serious economic wows what would become tougher considering how the situation begin: with fake data and huge lies from the former government which promised a new opportunity to Greece to have a bigger development (taking advantage of the inexistent “boom” created after 2004 Olympics), but instead the country went bust. They were all smacked in the face. And it comes to say that in many times, human greed led individuals to undertake ethically and political incorrect errands, just as lying over the real situation of a whole country. Why? The answer is simple, the unstoppable desire for power.
From that moment on, many unknown tags began coming out of nowhere, like “external debt, GDP, rating agencies… and so on, and many of them being incorporated by the member of the world’s financial elite. And in the same way, all of the main Spanish and European newspapers made a big and boundless noise about the apocalyptical and unfixable situation of the country which invented democracy, being pushed forward by the very survival instinct in a strongly capitalist society, where the one who sells the larger number of copies, rules over the others, no matter what country has to bite the dust.
That horrible treatment made the European people create an artificial opinion about, not just how the Hellenic Republic was managing their increasing debt, but about the very citizens and workers. Encouraged by many magazines and newspapers, mainly from the German tabloids, people from all over Europe began to think of the Greeks as a “lazy, party-loving, crowded meals attending and dish-breaking” nation. Europe wasn’t respecting those who taught them how to manage the power among the members of a community, how to establish an equal relation between them and how to grant their freedom… anymore.
Why is it artificial? Because actual Eurostat data shows that Greeks work 2 hours more per week than the European average, but they get 2 days less of vacation per year. Furthermore, the Mediterraneans retire 3 years later than the rest of the European workers. It is remarkable how no one in Europe, not even a single journalist wanted to drill deep into the situation the newspapers were creating around Greece and check all the data, charts, graphics and illustrations with bright colors and messy statistics with nothing more than pointless percentages (because it’s a lot way easier to deal with “comparative” data).
It is possible that someone ruling any Media Means had any friend out there on the top of the world’s financial elite, either rating how a country manages to pass “efficiency test” (tests their very agencies prepare and evaluate), or ruling any of those ruined banks, claiming loud for a bailout to get rid of their enormous debts, while they live in their luxurious manors (except during the summertime, when they would live at their private island), driving their Ferrari or Maserati cars and many more high-class trophies.
During these years, the never-ending attacks coming from the European “Union” towards the Hellenics left many of them belonging to the Labor, living in some kind of circumstances close to the poorest countries on South America, with a tough way to walk in front of them. And… what do the Greeks think about their situation?
They think that current democracy is nothing but a dream they’ve already waken up from.
And they’ve shown this on the streets. They let all their rage they had held since the very beginning of the robbery against their lives out of their throats. People being kicked out of their jobs, with no social security, no unemployment benefits, drawn in taxes and bills set up by the dictatorial triumvirate what visits Athens from time to time, to tighten up the rope around the Greeks’ necks.
Now they’ve written the story themselves and still doing with their protest, their demonstrations and, this time, as a SOS call against a worrying historical situation: the power which thousands of years ago the ancients used to name a leader for all the citizens from the Classical Greece, has been snatched by those they trusted in to write the history for all of them.
Hellenics have seen how Europe lost its respect towards them, how their so-called leaders lost their respect towards them, and how the tragic breakup this civilization tries to impose is going further with no obstacles on its way, taking down any former historical experience, muting the grandfathers of Occidental history. But power is as strong as fragile, and in any moment, the very control being held by those who robbed democracy to the ones who invented it, may turn their heads up and see how a heavy sword hangs on a tiny horsehair.
And one fine day, that horsehair will tear, and the sword will fall. And then, we’ll talk about democracy again.