Attica is burning: murderous fires are raging all around Athens, fueled by fierce winds, and, at the same time, indignation is burning with just as much fury about everything that the brave Greek people have to suffer through yet again.
It all comes after the violence done to Greece by the Troika, which has subjected the country, with perverse obstinacy, to punitive and senseless economic measures, and after the ruling masters of Europe have tried in every way to overturn the freely expressed vote of the Greeks, who chose the better rulers and punished those politicians that had led them to disaster with the complicity of many all over Europe—corrupt politicians which the powers-that-be of (so-called united) Europe wanted to install again in government to continue to add more burdens to the lives of the citizens of a land already pillaged to exhaustion by the economic-financial potentates.
How long will the Eurocrats and their partners from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank refuse to understand that the entire Western world is the offspring of Greek culture? Without the heritage that the Greeks gave us, we would not have any serious way of naming abstract concepts, our scientific language would be devoid of grammar and syntax, and all of us would effectively become unable to speak our minds.
Greece gave us the symbolic foundation for everything we think: both about what we are and about what we think reality is. Europe itself cannot be conceived outside the Greek world and its intellectual heritage. To a certain extent, every European citizen is Greek.
The Greek language of today, the δημοτική (“the language of the people”), embodies in its extraordinary history the travails and the creative genius of the Greek people. All over Europe, it should be compulsory to study Greek at every level of schooling, and it should be considered a priceless intangible heritage of all humanity.
To actively express our solidarity with the Greek people at this tragic time is a way of showing our genuine recognition of the universal heritage of which the Greeks are bearers. Let us learn to see ourselves as Greeks! And let us express and practice, now and always, our unconditional solidarity with Greece, mother to all of us Europeans!
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