OPINION

Strengths and virtues

There are plenty of good and healthy forces to be found in Greek society, and the crisis, for all its ills, has helped revive some traditional traits that had been lost in a culture of overconsumption and easy money.

One area in which this awakening of the best within us is apparent in the resounding response to calls from nongovernmental organizations, state agencies, private individuals, the Church and the media to help those who have been hit hardest by the crisis, to give something to those who are most in need.

The turnout of volunteers at food lines, the quantity of food, clothes and bedding that is donated daily by people from all walks of society, many of whom are facing problems of their own because of the situation, is truly astounding.

Greece, as a country and as a nation, has many virtues and strengths, even if they have been hidden for some time, and this is something that we should never forget, especially now when we need these virtues and strengths the most.