The Pain of the Greek People

September 27, 2011,
Claire Montanaro

The pain of the people of Greece now is a reminder of what may come for many of us in weeks and months to come. It is reality, the truth behind the bland words of world leaders.

For most of us in the developed world the continuing attempts by world leaders and central bankers to resolve what is known as “the Eurozone crisis” is a mere backdrop to everyday life, like the hum of the fridge in the kitchen. For some there is the assumption that the problem will be sorted somehow and normality will return, for others there is the acceptance that it is serious and may be impossible to resolve easily; more generally there is a perception that if the Greek debts and potential for default, seen as the core of the issue, are managed cleverly the likelihood of serious repercussions will be avoided.

There are major flaws in all these assumptions which I have considered elsewhere in other blogs. Today, and indeed every day, my concern is for the brave people of Greece – not the politicians there but the men and women who are bearing the brunt of a crisis largely created by short-termist and often subjectively motivated European leaders over many years.

Imagine how you would feel if you bought a paper or watched the news and saw your name and identity denounced day after day and in excoriating terms for laziness, ineptitude and even corruption? Accused as being the cause of an international crisis? Talked about condescendingly as if you were a child? The humiliation for a noble and ancient race must be immense, but the suffering is compounded by draconian measures imposed by a government the responsibility of which is to care for its people; instead, the Greek economy is at a standstill, job losses are immense, and for most people the huge tax impositions and salary cuts are unsupportable and unsurvivable.

There is great poverty and suffering in Greece, and, as Victoria from Athens reminded us in her comment on my blog yesterday, the man on the street has been given no say in what is being imposed upon his country and himself. The people of Greece, in their pain and courage, deserve our compassion not our judgment, our respect not our accusations, and my heart goes out to them fully. They will recover and be stronger for the experience and what they decide to do in the new era they create may be an example for the rest of the world, as has happened before.

As they move forward while seeing other countries crumble after them, as they will, I wonder how much compassion they will feel for those who, painfully and cruelly, helped them see the light?


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I am a spiritual teacher, channel and writer with a special interest in esoteric philosophy and the world in transition, who loves nature and wildlife.  My aim is to help your human and soul journey through spiritual wisdom, spiritual connection and the raising of consciousness.


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