OPINION

Integration of societies

Having lived on Crete for a year in the late ’80s, I was intrigued to read the review of the play «Milk,» currently showing in Athens. I am happy that enough people are seeing this issue from the Greek perspective and, hopefully, also successfully transmitting the feelings of people trying to integrate into the greater Greek society. I have often been surprised by the inclusiveness of this society and think that the opening of Greek society to other European cultures will be of much benefit. Yet, too, I see the view from the inside-out, as we watch one more culture abandoning ancient cultural mores and traditions that have guided it and the Greek people through a journey of thousands of years. I see it, too, through the eyes of an American who continually sees the commercialism of the USA aiding in the destruction of yet another traditional society. There are positive and negative responses to be gleaned from this new international integration of societies. Having taught on Crete and having friends there from both sides of this issue, I think this is one of the most important and timely of subjects to be confronting present-day societies. I hope I will be able to see or, at least, read this play and that it is well-attended by both native Greeks and those who have chosen to resettle in the country.   MARYANN HENDRICKSON, via e-mail.