The Heresy of the Greeks Offers Hope

I asked a relative in Greece what’s it like over there now with the whole economic quake shaking things up. My aunt said, “Stavro, people are hungry. People are dying and people are killing themselves. The young, rich, educated ones are leaving and going to Australia and Canada. What can I say? May God have mercy on us.”

When Papandreaou was preparing to give the Greek people a referendum on the bail out deal, he was kicked out. Here, the birth place of democracy, the people were going to answer whether they would accept the IMF deal. The European Union leaders were in uproar. How dare the leader of Greece ask the people their opinion on what will happen to them? So, Papandreou has left and in his place we have econocrats in charge. Democracy was denied the Greek people.

Read this excellent article by John Pilger which gives an alternative to what we’ve been fed by corporate media.

The article is below.

Visit his website http://johnpilger.com/

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http://www.johnpilger.com/articles/the-heresy-of-the-greeks-offers-hope

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger inverts the perception of Greece as a “junk country” and sees hope in the uprising of ordinary Greeks protesting against the “bailout” of an economy plunged into debt by the tax-evading rich. Greece, he writes, is a microcosm for the developed world, where class war are the words seldom used because they are the truth.
As Britain’s political class pretends that its arranged marriage of Tweedledee to Tweedledum is democracy, the inspiration for the rest of us is Greece. It is hardly surprising that Greece is presented not as a beacon but as a “junk country” getting its comeuppance for its “bloated public sector” and “culture of cutting corners” (the Observer). The heresy of Greece is that the uprising of its ordinary people provides an authentic hope unlike that lavished upon the warlord in the White House.
The crisis that has led to the “rescue” of Greece by the European banks and the International Monetary Fund is the product of a grotesque financial system which itself is in crisis. Greece is a microcosm of a modern class war that is rarely reported as such and is waged with all the urgency of panic among the imperial rich.
What makes Greece different is that within its living memory is invasion, foreign occupation, betrayal by the West, military dictatorship and popular resistance. Ordinary people are not cowed by the corrupt corporatism that dominates the European Union. The right-wing government of Kostas Karamanlis, which preceded the present Pasok (Labour) government of George Papandreou, was described by sociologist Jean Ziegler as “a machine for systematic pillaging the country’s resources”.
The machine had infamous friends. The US Federal reserve Board is investigating the role of Goldman Sachs and other American hedge fund operators which gambled on the bankruptcy of Greece as public assets were sold off and its tax-evading rich deposited 360 billion euros in Swiss banks. The largest Greek ship-owners transferred their companies abroad. This haemorrhage of capital continues with the approval of the European central banks and governments.
At 11 per cent, Greece’s deficit is no higher than America’s. However, when the Papandreou government tried to borrow on the international capital market, it was effectively blocked by the American corporate ratings agencies, which “downgraded” Greece to “junk”. These same agencies gave triple-A ratings to billions of dollars in so-called sub-prime mortgage securities and so precipitated the economic collapse in 2008.
What has happened in Greece is theft on an epic, though not unfamiliar scale. In Britain, the “rescue” of banks like Northern Rock and the Royal Bank of Scotland has cost billions of pounds. Thanks to the former prime minister, Gordon Brown, and his passion for the avaricious instincts of the City of London, these gifts of public money were unconditional, and the bankers have continued to pay each other the booty they call bonuses. Under Britain’s political monoculture, they can do as they wish. In the United States, the situation is even more remarkable, reports investigative journalist David DeGraw, “[as the principal Wall Street banks] that destroyed the economy pay zero in taxes and get $33 billion in refunds”.
In Greece, as in America and Britain, the ordinary people have been told they must repay the debts of the rich and powerful who incurred the debts. Jobs, pensions and public services are to be slashed and burned, with privateers in charge. For the European Union and the IMF, the opportunity presents to “change the culture” and dismantle the social welfare of Greece, just as the IMF and the World Bank have “structurally adjusted” (impoverished and controlled) countries across the developing world.
Greece is hated for the same reason Yugoslavia had to be physically destroyed behind a pretence of protecting the people of Kosovo. Most Greeks are employed by the state, and the young and the unions comprise a popular alliance that has not been pacified; the colonels’ tanks on the campus of Athens University remain a political spectre. Such resistance is anathema to Europe’s central bankers and regarded as an obstruction to German capital’s need to capture markets in the aftermath of Germany’s troubled reunification.
In Britain, such has been the 30-year propaganda of an extreme economic theory known first as monetarism then as neo-liberalism, that the new prime minister can, like his predecessor, describe his demands that ordinary people pay the debts of crooks as “fiscally responsible”. The unmentionables are poverty and class. Almost a third of British children remain below the breadline. In working class Kentish Town in London, male life expectancy is 70. Two miles away, in Hampstead, it is 80. When Russia was subjected to similar “shock therapy” in the 1990s, life expectancy nosedived. A record 40 million impoverished Americans are currently receiving food stamps: that is, they cannot afford to feed themselves.
In the developing world, a system of triage imposed by the World Bank and the IMF has long determined whether people live or die. Whenever tariffs and food and fuel subsidies are eliminated by IMF diktat, small farmers know they have been declared expendable. The World Resources Institute estimates that the toll reaches 13-18 million child deaths every year. “This,” wrote the economist Lester C. Thurow, “is neither metaphor nor simile of war, but war itself.”
The same imperial forces have used horrific military weapons against stricken countries whose majorities are children, and approved torture as an instrument of foreign policy. It is a phenomenon of denial that none of these assaults on humanity, in which Britain is actively engaged, was allowed to intrude on the British election.
The people on the streets of Athens do not suffer this malaise. They are clear who the enemy is and they regard themselves as once again under foreign occupation. And once again, they are rising up, with courage. When David Cameron begins to cleave £6 billion from public services in Britain, he will be bargaining that Greece will not happen in Britain. We should prove him wrong.

              

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15 Responses to The Heresy of the Greeks Offers Hope

  1. William says:

    Hi Stavros, I like ur style ! I also like John Pilger’s no nonsense , common sense approach to the injustices perpetrated by the plutocrats . I also love John Lennon. I was watching the doco entitled , The Us vs John Lennon and it triggered so many memories of another era that resonates completely with the encroaches of American Imperialism in the Middle East. Have a look at these youtube video reminders of the hypocrisy, double standards and blatant thuggery of American society and tell me what u think.


    William

  2. stavr0s says:

    Hi William

    You are right as these videos show, the hypocrisy of the USA is breath taking – the most obvious (apart from the above) is Guantanomo Bay and the torture of its prisoners.

    However, having said that, when I am honest with myself, I do not wish to be imperialistically (is there such a word?) bound by China nor Russia, nor any Middle Eastern country. If we have to be controlled by some kind of Empire, I prefer the USA over any other power. Even if our freedom is an illusion within the broader view, I still prefer my illusory freedom under the Global USA – Pax Americana than any other power.

    So, it comes down to the choice of the lesser evil rather than a choice between good and evil. I’m old enough to remember how 4 students were shot dead in Ohio in the early seventies. I’m also old enough to remember the reported riots and the incredible injustice against African Americans. As the video above shows, this injustice is still happening on a grand scale now against African Americans in a “hidden” way.

    Check out this image >>> M. C. Escher’s “Circle Limit IV” © 2006 The M. C. Escher Company-Holland.
    All rights reserved, http://www.mcescher.com.

    What to do? Well, thank God, or the Higher Powers that the American people are waking up to the inequities in their country through the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. Who knows, this may be the beginnings of a socio-political transformation of not only the USA but other western countries. It is fantastic that the catalyst for such change was in Tunisia and the Middle East. Obviously the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 and now the impending Mark 2 GFC also bears on changing / transforming the capitalist system. As ever, I’m hopeful and optimistic about the future because I believe in the ever renewing creative faculty of humanity and that this spirit will assist us in making a change. Well, realistically, if we don’t, global warming will cook all of us and poverty of the majority of people of the Earth will create such upheaval that civilisation as we know it will disappear. None of us want a return to the Stone Age.

    Thanks for your comment and the videos. What do you think?

    stavros

    • William George says:

      I have to admit Stavros that what you say rings true. I have researched many blogs in cyberspace and the depth of resentment and anger towards the American regime and the Israelis- who appear to be their comrades in arms in the middle east- is tantamount to an online hate program. But just because you prefer an American regime to say a Chinese, Russian or Arab country does not do justice to the manifest imperialist attitude of might is right and the fact that it is not Americans per se but the Corporations using the Americans as a vehicle to trigger world affairs in their favour.Herein lies the eternal dilemma. I say we need to reignite the Dadaist Manifesto to highlight the hypocritical policies of the powermongers and create a united stance to ridicule their control and manipulation of world affairs and highlight the butchery and relentless murder of innocent people across the global spectrum. Let’s unite in a universal boycott of blind acceptance to the media controlled disinformation bureau to enlightn all people in the west and the east to the atrocities perpetuated by the duplicitous scoundrels of western imperialism or imperialism in any form or by any name. Artists, Writers, Speakers, Citizens of the world need to speak out and cry out NO MORE to this duplicitous behaviour of the so called civilised nations. We can do this through the Internet. What do you think?

      • stavr0s says:

        You are right. Just because I prefer the less evil Empire over the others does not make the “manifest imperialist attitude of might is right” morally correct. In terms of art as a means of social change I think that hip hop (yes, another American “innovation”) has been doing much to express the disgust with duplicitous behaviour as you call it. In fact, much of the political criticism made by the young in Middle Eastern countries has been lead and megaphoned by the local, home grown rapping hip hop artists. Check this out http://www.freemuse.org/sw41490.asp

        Your call for the creative community to take on the challenge reminds me of the Bob Dylan song “Times they are a Changin'”

        Come gather ’round people
        Wherever you roam
        And admit that the waters
        Around you have grown
        And accept it that soon
        You’ll be drenched to the bone.
        If your time to you
        Is worth savin’
        Then you better start swimmin’
        Or you’ll sink like a stone
        For the times they are a-changin’.

        Come writers and critics
        Who prophesize with your pen
        And keep your eyes wide
        The chance won’t come again
        And don’t speak too soon
        For the wheel’s still in spin
        And there’s no tellin’ who
        That it’s namin’.
        For the loser now
        Will be later to win
        For the times they are a-changin’.

        Come senators, congressmen
        Please heed the call
        Don’t stand in the doorway
        Don’t block up the hall
        For he that gets hurt
        Will be he who has stalled
        There’s a battle outside ragin’.
        It’ll soon shake your windows
        And rattle your walls
        For the times they are a-changin’.

        Come mothers and fathers
        Throughout the land
        And don’t criticize
        What you can’t understand
        Your sons and your daughters
        Are beyond your command
        Your old road is
        Rapidly agin’.
        Please get out of the new one
        If you can’t lend your hand
        For the times they are a-changin’.

        The line it is drawn
        The curse it is cast
        The slow one now
        Will later be fast
        As the present now
        Will later be past
        The order is
        Rapidly fadin’.
        And the first one now
        Will later be last
        For the times they are a-changin’.

        If we all got together to cry out NO MORE as you suggest, it would be wonderful. Yes, it is possible now with the internet and social media. But, just because it is possible does not mean that it is probable. The issue is with individuals being hypnotised by corporate media and their own lack of motivation to wake up from this corporate induced mass sleep. Right now the masses are stirring, tossing and turning in their beds and hopefully will open their eyes to see the hypocrisy of the “duplicitous scoundrels of imperialism”, but you know, I’m not holding my breath waiting for it to happen.

        No, the only way to free ourselves from this hypocrisy and imperial “mind forged manacles”, as William Blake called the hypnotised mind set of us masses, is by making our own individual efforts to wake up. The more of us who wake up, the more of us will be present to the moment where and when we can decide what to do. This is where Gurdjieff and his call to us to wake up comes into the picture. Much is happening now on a global scale and I believe much more is about to happen. Whether these times that are a changin’ will change in rhythm to human rights and social justice, only time will tell.

  3. stavr0s says:

    Check out the latest development of the Occupy Wall Street movement in the USA …

    http://www.the-99-declaration.org/

  4. William George says:

    Please check out this site as well……

    • stavr0s says:

      William

      If I was in prison in a Western country, I’d get free food, free medical care, free accommodation, free education etc. Admittedly, the quality of these cannot be guaranteed to be the best but the bare necessities would be covered. For the price of my freedom I’d get the necessities of my vegetative life.

      The video you shared above shows the power that Gaddafi had to keep his people in chains because of oil. The Muslim religion does not allow interest to be charged. Gaddafi knew that if he fed, nurtured, accommodated and taught his people for free or low cost that he would have them bowing before him. He didn’t count on that vague human need of the spirit to be free. The people spoke with their actions.

      Check this out http://www.freemuse.org/sw41490.asp

      Hip-hop is a soundtrack to the North African revolt

      Hip-hop plays a central role in the revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria and Libya. Rap songs create an important platform for communication creating moral support and encouraging a spirit of resistance and revolt against the regime.

      For Libya in particular:

      Libya
      The new music anthology from Khala, ‘Khala’s Mixtape Volume 1’, offers an opportunity to listen to the sound of Arabic rap song resistance.

      A Libyan rapper, Ibn Thabit, is represented with three tracks on Khala’s mixtape. He posted the song ‘Al-Soo’al’ on YouTube on 27 January 2011, weeks before the riots began in Libya.
      The lyrics go:

      ‘Al-Soo’al’ (The Issue)

      “Muammar: You have never served the people
      Muammar: You’d better give up
      Confess. You cannot escape
      Our revenge will catch you
      As a train roars through a wall
      We will drown you”

      “I was affected more by conversations with my fellow countrymen than by anything else,” Ibn Thabit told a journalist from the Danish newspaper Information. Ibn Thabit has been critizising the regime in Libya in his rap since 2008.

      Under Colonel Gaddafi, local rap music was never aired on state-controlled radio stations. “Musicians knew certain subjects – such as directly criticising the government – were taboo. Artists had to circulate their tracks on the internet or mobile phones,” wrote Matthew Green and Andrew England in Financial Times.

      “Last April, members of Col Gaddafi’s revolutionary committees – a quasi-paramilitary force used to control cities, towns and villages across the north African nation – confiscated instruments in a crackdown on student performers in Benghazi.”

      The Libyan artists veiled their criticism of the country’s autocracy by using metaphors. For example, Guys Underground, a Benghazi rock band, composed a song entitled “Like My Father Always Says” to mock a stern patriarch, a veiled reference to Col Gaddafi. After much deliberation, the band released the track before the uprising.

      According to the article in Financial Times, another positive development for musicians in the opposition-controlled east is that they are able to air their work on the rebel-controlled Free Libya, composing anthems aimed at inspiring fighters – and persuading government forces it is time to rise up against the regime.

      “You can burn all the bodies, you can bury them in the ground, they will rise up from their ashes, just to bring you down,” runs the refrain of a revolutionary song sung by Ahmed “Sasi”, 29, another artist tapping into the revolutionary zeal.

      • William George says:

        Thanx Stavros for ur informed opinion about what’s going on , however I do have some reservations which I believe u should also consider in ur research and observations about what exactly is going on in the Middle East and the so-called Arab Spring Uprisings.
        Firstly, the revolutionary , home grown rap artists who u rightly point out have been active and vocal in highlighting the corrupt power of Gadaffi and other tyrannical regimes in the Middle East. Now, sensibly speaking, it is in the nature of young people to protest against the status quo-witness the political stance many hip hop artists take in American society against the injustices of American authorities-think about the inequities in the socially divisive world of America. I think u would have to agree that hip hop is a manifestation of disaffected youth in any society, so it is a bit biassed to use these hip hop artists as examples of a general disaffection in society against the regime of Gaddafi. Secondly, and probably the most important point u failed to acknowledge is Libya’s oil and Gaddafi’s desire to unite Africa and stop using American dollars and create a unique African dinar as a currency to do trade with the west. Many sources have pointed out that American financial supremacy and interests in Africa were directly threatened by this madman Gaddafi because he had the audacity to steer his nation’s interests away from American domination and unite Africa’s nations in an independent pan african league. Everyone knows that China is actively pursuing trade and diplomatic interests in Africa outside the periphery of American control and domination. Now where is all of this leading to ? Well it seems Stavros that your main argument supporting the Nato strikes , the so called rebel fighters, the uprisings throughout the Arab world is the idea of peoples’ need for freedom – freedom of the spirit- I think u called it. Why then doesn’t the American power monger assist the Palestinian uprising against the Jewish tyranny undermining their sovereignty as a nation and rights as citizens in their own country? Why is the American targets of human rights and freedom so selective in its choice of bombing and terrorist attacks ? I suggest it has all to do with American interests….and oil is the only and primary source of Amercican propaganda perpetuated in the world in orchestrating a belief that America is fighting for justice, freedom and equality. These words are the prime example of double speak in which George Orwell discussed in his novel 1984. When America bombs innocent civilians, children and women it is expressed as a noble cause for the likes of freedom and so on, yet when sovereign nations do the same in defense or retaliation it is called terrorism……one rule for the plutocrats powerbrokers , another for the orchestrated enemy. This double standrad is nothing new really. It exists in American society at every level One rule for the rich and another for the have-nots. You try breaking a leg in America and go to hospital and seek help when u dont have money. You know what they do dont u ? They us e the reveolving door policy..in through the front door only to be booted out the back door. This did not happen in Libya. So where do you draw the line? I can sympathise with ur belief that it is better to be dominated by American Imperialism than any other, but I do not agree with it. Notions of freedom, equality, opportunity are relative concepts based on an historical context. What really matters are the statistics of life longevity, education, housing, health, of a nation. Gaddafi brought Libya out of the dark ages and gave his people these basic rights – everything else is just a fantasy orchestrated by American media spinners to justify their wholesale slaugter in the name of an abstract cause, but in reality serving personal interests. Here are a few sites for you to reflect upon and perhaps reassess your position on that statement…..
        http://www.salon.com/writer/glenn_greenwald/ you will need to scroll the site to find the relevant information

        http://sherriequestioningall.blogspot.com/2011/08/truth-about-libya-watch-this-video-and.html

        http://rense.com/general93/truth.htm

        http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-were-not-being-told-the-truth-on-libya-2264785.html

      • stavr0s says:

        Hi William

        This may sound strange to you but I agree. By the way, I’m not doing that much “research”, unless you call googling stuff that 🙂

        I believe that we are stuck in the worst of worlds, beautiful as it may be seeing a red sunset or feeling waves lapping at my feet at the beach. By this I mean that humanity is embedded in a world far away from the sacred, from the light. This imprisonment in the “hell” of existence means that we prisoners have to make do with the worst of the worlds. The only real incentive is to break free from this prison, this prison of flesh, blood, bone and time. If you want, check out my post on Plato’s Cave in this blog, because the prison I’m referring to has aspects of this Cave.

        I know this sounds metaphysical and far removed from the politics of imperialism and the stuff we wrote about earlier. The assumptions I refer to above I’m telling you so that you understand why I say that I agree with your post. To me, Dylan’s words “all is phoney” is literally true – on one level.

        I’m aware that G W Bush invaded Iraq on the pretence of the Sept 11 attack, even though nearly all the crew / pilots etc involved in the destruction of the Twin Towers were from Saudi Arabia. Why? In fact the Waahabi sect of Islam as practised in Saudi Arabia is not exactly joyously dancing in tune with human rights and social justice. So, why does NATO attack and support uprisings in countries like Libya and Egypt but doesn’t go near Saudi Arabia? Why did the USA destroy, through the CIA, a democratically elected socialist government in Iran and replace it with a dictatorial Shah? Why should Israel be allowed to have a nuclear bomb, but not Iran? Not that I would be happy that Iran has the bomb – if she does. I can go on and so can you showing the incredible hypocrisy and lies that the USA has on its blood stained hands. Right now, the land of freedom will lock up Brad Manning for life and will do anything to get their hands on Julian Assange because of Wikileaks.

        So, I repeat, I have no issue with your stance because I can see the implicit truth underlying it.

        However, coming back to what I said earlier, given that we are in a very bad position in the Universe and given that in this part of the cosmos we only have a choice between evil and less evil, I prefer the USA Pax Americana over any other current power in the world. We are talking about very big issues and to be even more honest with you, I don’t think that politics will lead us anywhere. I believe that there are much larger and invisible forces operating that are sculpting events on the Earth. Greeks call these forces “demiurges” and are related to a sense of the sacred. The mantic – intuitive arts of Astrology and casting Hexagrams in I Ching space may allow opportunities to sense a demiurgic direction. Then again, this could all be phoney and a fantasy to wile away the time while waiting for Go………

        Thanks for writing.

      • William George says:

        Hi again Stavros, I did take the challenge and explored some other areas of ur blog, including Plato and the Cave. It reminded me very much of a blog I came across the other day which began with a bold statement accompanied by an image of the blue planet floating through a seamless universe through the galaxies of space.
        The statement read : If eternity is a fathomless thought; then reality must have limitless possibilities. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but after having read ur blog entry it is making a lot more sense. It seems that political discourse and the polemics of politics is a circular series of arguments because the realities they inhabit transgress each other and the method of communication channels are rendered meaningless. The only language understood within this realm of global politics is power and domination. As George Orwell correctly portrayed in his novella Animal Farm, by replacing a political system with another the outward forms and structures may appear different but essentially thay remain the same. Power and domination are the mantras of the powermongers. Always was and always will be. I suspect that what u r exploring is a form of personal reality constructed on the basis that as an individual it is possible to free ourselves from the perpetual angst of political realities , which unfortunately are dominating our perceptions to create sense of what we witness and experience in our daily lives. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I will spend more time reflecting on other areas of your blog, which I presume a lot of serious thought has been put into its construction.Thanks once again.

  5. stavr0s says:

    Hi William

    You are welcome.

    I think you succinctly expressed my perspective above and the Orwell reference is very apt.

    I hope to hear from you again.

    take care

  6. stavr0s says:

    William

    I re read your post just now and I want to clarify something for not only you but also myself. I find that writing, whether it’s a post on my blog, or my other stuff, gives direction to thought that otherwise would be missing if I just mused over it.

    You said, “I suspect that what u r exploring is a form of personal reality constructed on the basis that as an individual it is possible to free ourselves from the perpetual angst of political realities , which unfortunately are dominating our perceptions to create sense of what we witness and experience in our daily lives.”

    In one way you suspect correctly but, I believe that behind the “personal reality” there is a living blueprint of Objective Reality and the structure built brick by brick of personal alchemised experience of this political world is not an Inner Great Chinese Wall. In fact, I think it is a responsibilty on any individual who feels (rightly or wrongly) that they have broken free (even for a tiny nanosecond) from the chained perception in the Cave and has seen the Sun Light, to engage politically knowing full well that its domain is not the place where Causes sprout.

    In many ways, Albert Camus’ Absurd Hero ( mentioned in his essays and The Myth of Sisyphus) the hero that knows that whatever they do, like Sisyphus, will continue to push the rock of responsibility to the top of the mountain, running back to see the rock roll down …the whole push and rock rhythm repeated endlessly. This is our fate as I see it. Being stuck in this beautiful green blue planet hell we have to free ourselves but we can’t if we don’t free everybody else. Why? Because we are of the same matter and the denial of freedom of one of us is the denial of freedom for all of us. Human Rights in Galactic Cosmic Terms and Conditions. This means that my fellow humans are deep down flesh of my flesh, cell of my cell and the Work of liberating spirit from matter will never end.

    So, in my own small, microcosmic way, I roll the rock up the mountain, when I can, knowing full well that this effort of mine may not have any consequences. Hoping, indeed praying that whatever it is, it adds to the alleviation of suffering in the world. No one need know what each of us does. I write about my “action” rocks because it gives me pleasure reflecting on stuff and I put it out here on the internet because it’s better here in cyberspace than in my desk drawer or frozen in a hard disk.

    If you’re interested, check out the Introduction to the Flotillas of Hope Sky Map on this blog.

  7. William says:

    Hi Stavros, I did check out some other areas of ur blog,including the Flotillas of Hope and some of the journeys u underwent in ur personal quest for heritage. I must admit the links u make are either bizarrely coincidental or the hands of fate r playing some innocent game on ur life. Either way it has dawned on me that ur a hardened veteran of political landscapes and I also sensed in ur writings that there are elements of disappointment, frustration and sadness with ur youthful endeavours at political activism., so u decided on some kind of quasi-religious approach towards ur inner yearnings 4 social justice. I admire that . As for Albert Camus this quote resonates deeply with me….You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
    Albert Camus

    Make of it what u will and thank u 4 ur thoughts…….

  8. stavr0s says:

    Hi William

    I think you are right about the elements of disappointment, frustration and sadness with my political activism. However, this emotional state you describe is also a wake up call for what I ( or anyone) can really do about anything – nothing, except work on oneself to change one’s being. If this is a quasi-religious approach, then so be it. I consider it a quasi-realistic approach.

    This turning inwards towards what you call, inner yearnings 4 social justice, I consider to be a turning inwards to the real source of our arising in this world. Our attention is easily dissipated in external activities. It is incredibly difficult to turn our attention inwards and begin to remember ourselves. If you want, please read “Turning Inwards”, in my blog. It is a transcript of a talk I gave many years ago when I was a regular attendee of a Sydney Gurdjieff group.

    The Albert Camus quote you used is true. I think if you have to ask yourself what is happiness then you have missed the moment of happiness.

    Thanks for your thoughts.

  9. stavr0s says:

    Check this post on Australia’s ABC. It is excellent:

    http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/3842616.html

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