Thursday Jul 31, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
32o C
25o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
A syndrome that cant be contained

By Alexis Papachelas

The despair created by the crisis has unleashed the Greek peoples darkest and most phobic instincts. This is to be expected in times of major crisis. What is unfortunate, however, is that a nation that has always had a penchant for conspiracy theories and contradictions now finds itself trapped in a very unhealthy way of thinking. The online media, whose role in the political crisis should not be underestimated, provide endless material for fueling the imagination. Of course the Internet is a powerful platform for the dissemination of information and of direct expression, but at the same time it multiplies and propagates without any kind of filter craziness and fanaticism.

Greeks have always had deeply-rooted stereotypes and rifts, which are now being awakened. The persecution syndrome, based on the principle that everyone is after us because were unique and different from everyone else, is a classic example. A long time ago, I met an old monk who tried to persuade me that following the war in Serbia the new status quo would also erase Greece from the map, but, he said: God provided; Turkey was hit by earthquakes and we were spared. I tried to figure out who was going to eradicate us and why but I never got an answer. In the end, however, I couldnt resist asking him how come those who were after us and wanted to destroy us had given so much money for the maintenance of the most sacred symbol of our unique identity, Mount Athos. The monk replied that these people also had a plan but, we took the subsidies and nothing changed.

Hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens have come to think just like the old monk, believing that the crisis has been used like the Trojan horse for foreign powers to usurp the countrys natural resources and everything else that make it beautiful and unique.

We have seen these views connecting people from entirely different schools of thought in a most singular way. We are seeing an ideological mishmash best embodied in Christodoulos Xeros displaying photographs of Aris Velouchiotis, Che Guevara and Georgios Karaiskakis in his video, a blend that allows for the most incongruous figures to form an ideological connection.

I believe this kind of thinking will lead to previously unseen political phenomena. We have misunderstood our history: following the fall of the junta, we felt that all major powers had treated us unjustly ever since 1453. It will be hard to contain this syndrome now. The paradox is that if we read our history properly we should not be afraid of being left with nothing, but, instead, believe that in the end we are the ones who stand to take it all.

ekathimerini.com , Sunday Jan 26, 2014 (16:13)  
Populism eating up education
A valued but mistreated professional
Through insecurity comes optimism
Futile policy
Strawberry farm shooting verdict draws ire
There was an outcry on Wednesday after the owner of a strawberry farm in the Peloponnese, where 28 migrant workers were shot last year, was cleared of any wrongdoing along with one of his fo...
Greece evacuates Tripoli embassy
Greece dispatched a navy frigate to Tripoli on Wednesday after the Foreign Ministry decided to evacuate all personnel from its embassy in the Libyan capital as fighting between rival militia...
Inside News
Govt reins in spending of regions
The government has called on regional authorities to reduce their operating expenses and the money they spend on overtime ahead of the drafting of the 2015 state budget, while adding that in...
Intralot to run one-horse race for betting permit
State privatization fund TAIPED is expected to launch another tender with just one bidder, as it has done on several occasions since it started operating, on Thursday. At stake is the operat...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Goalless draw at Liege puts Greens in driving seat
Panathinaikos got the upper hand in the battle for entry to the Champions League playoffs after snatching a goalless draw at Standard Liege on Wednesday. If anything, the Greek cup holders m...
SOCCER
Greek league recruits former referee Dallas
Former referee Hugh Dallas has been appointed as the head referee of the Greek Super League, the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) said in a statement on Wednesday. The 56-year-old Scot ear...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Goalless draw at Liege puts Greens in driving seat
2. Strawberry farm shooting verdict draws ire
3. Govt reins in spending of regions
4. Greece evacuates Tripoli embassy
5. Former municipal police officers put on the beat in city center
6. Intralot to run one-horse race for betting permit
more news
Today
This Week
1. Wine cup used by Pericles found in grave north of Athens
2. IMF's Lagarde not sure yet about debt relief for Greece
3. Six firms submit bids to lease Vouliagmeni beach
4. Coalition submits new proposals for Greek coastline
5. Police arrest one, seek another three over counterfeit goods
6. EU Commissioner Damanaki unlikely to return to Greek politics
Today
This Week
1. Quadriplegic woman on life support 'dies due to unpaid power bills'
2. Hedge fund Dromeus turns Greek tragedy to triumph with 160 pct gain
3. Front-line threats
4. Defense Minister Avramopoulos to represent Greece at European Commission
5. Greek coast guard picks up 77 migrants off Myconos
6. Greece names fifth privatization agency chief in four years
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.