Connect with us

Hellenic Insider

Greece

History

Viewpoint: The true meaning of March 25th

Today, in the face of an ever-deepening crisis and increasing external threats, the Greek people must find their inner strength and rise up to take back their country and their lives.

Published

on

20 Views

It was once a tribe, a nation, ανάδελφο (without a brother nation), as was once said, one that would never exist again in history. A nation of people who were mixed in the depths of the ages with other tribes, who arrived either peacefully or as conquerors. So many races that it would have been reasonable to expect the nation to lose its identity, its language, and all that united it.
And yet, contrary to any logic, it always managed to overcome even the toughest moments of his existence. It was saved by the “God from the machine,” the “Deus ex machina,” something much bigger than mere chance, something that touches to the limits of the supernatural, of the Divine.
This God saved it from the Persians, saved it from the Venetians, the Saracen pirates, the Crusaders, the Turks, the Italians, the Germans, and many other conquerors. He saved it even from total destruction when a Greek was killing a fellow Greek.
This God, however, has resided inside the hearts and minds of the people of this nation. For centuries, they have carried this God within them, manifested through their education, their language, their love for their neighbor, their friend, their relative, the foreigner next to them, their dignity, their pride, their hospitality, their sense of justice, their pride.
But times were bad, and the traitors who were previously unable to harm Greece began to chew at everything that made this nation possible to exist. It took some years to complete what they did not succeeded in doing for centuries.
They had to degrade education first, to transform universities that were previously a place of education and though into spaces for the growth and development of partisan hacks and future political party personnel.
It took years, over a whole generation, to corrupt society via bribery and the giving away of massive amounts of public funds.
Another, foreign way of life, one of laziness, easy money, and decadent pseudo-culture was systematically promoted through the miserable lifestyle magazines and through trash TV programming.
The same people that were once proud and stoic, have been transformed via a paradigm shift, a degradation of values. Today, what’s applauded is winning a prize on a televised reality show.
Once these foreign influenced managed to mislead this nation, they started to steal what they could. And the theft kept growing. But stealing the country’s economic resources was not enough for them. They had to steal the Greek people’s future too. In the end, they managed to steal 100 years of financial resources, almost two lifetimes, dooming four generations to indebtedness.
All this has taken place while the people have remained numb. And when they have reacted, the system has responded by cheating the populate with corrupt and rotten leaders, or quite simply by terrorizing the public, going as far as to burn people alive.
Nothing remains for those people but their dignity. They prefer to die of hunger instead of standing in a queue for two hours for a bag of oranges. They commit suicide in order to escape humiliation in the eyes of society, or barring that, they emigrate.
But even there, living in a foreign country thousand of miles away, Greece continues to hurt you with all the misery and pain that you continue to see in your homeland.
As for those who govern? They ship in immigrants from all parts of the world, unhappy and desperate people, Islamists, fundamendalists, whatever they may be. The powers that be do not care; they just count heads so that they can turn the country into a parody of a state, a protectorate, a “wild west” for every kind of criminal, where the most brutal villains remain free because prisons are overcrowded for years now.
And the rest of us? Those who did not leave the country or die?
Today they vainly await a Deus ex machina, sitting on their sofas or in front of the television. They are arguing if the currency, which they soon will not have in their pockets, is a drachma or a euro.
Some of them are becoming poorer day by day, others continue to resist even as they become increasingly impoverished, while a few have become richer during the crisis and believe they will manage to weather the storm. The latter is as likely as someone believing that because they purchased a ticket for a luxury cabin, they will be saved when the ship is sunk.
And yet it’s so simple. If we look deep inside, Deus ex machina still resides within each of us. It is our inheritance, one that we have carried for thousands of years and which has not been lost despite of the stubbornness of each traitor and each conqueror. Our pride, our Greek “filotimo,” our rights, these are values that cannot be stolen, no matter how many taxes the powers that be impose. Let’s fight for these values. The few who are wealthy and well-fed are afraid of the hungry masses, for it is the hungry who always win in the end.
Today, on this March 25th, let’s not complete their job for them. Let’s not shut our eyes and surrender to our chains.
Opinions expressed are those of the author alone and may not reflect the opinions and viewpoints of Hellenic Insider, its publisher, its editors, or its staff, writers, and contributors.

Liked it? Take a second to support The Duran on Patreon!
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

avatar
  Subscribe  
Notify of

Links

Greek Opposition Leader Mitsotakis Coming To Moscow For High Level Talks

TASS

Published

on

By

Liked it? Take a second to support The Duran on Patreon!
Continue Reading

Latest

Archons of Greek Orthodox Church issue toothless letter about abortion law

The good news is the Archons did say some good things in reaction to the New York abortion law. But there was no consequence.

Seraphim Hanisch

Published

on

In relation to our previously published piece about Governor Andrew Cuomo signing abortion into the New York State Constitution, we noted that at the time of the article’s writing, no entities within the Orthodox Church in any jurisdiction issued any kind of statement condemning this law. Of all fourteen universally acknowledged Local Churches, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Greek Orthodox Church was particularly of note, since their Archons awarded a humanitarian award known as the Athenogoras Award to extremely liberal, pro-abortion politicians, Andrew Cuomo being one of these.

Well, the Archons did issue a statement yesterday:

The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Condemns New York’s New Abortion Law

The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, strongly condemns the State of New York’s new Reproductive Health Act that was passed on January 22, 2019. This new law allows abortions up to the moment of birth and gives people who are not doctors the right to perform abortions.

The Order also deplores the celebratory atmosphere surrounding the new law, as One World Trade Center was lit pink to commemorate the passage of the law, as if it represented a great advance for the rights of women. The rights of no human being are ever advanced at the expense of another. The State of New York will not truly have respect for the rights of women until it once again restores legal protections for every human being, from his or her first moment of existence until natural death.

Hailed as progress, New York’s Reproductive Health Act is not actually an advance, but a regression, a return to a time of barbarism when the weak were at the mercy of the strong and had no protection from legal structures or governing authorities.

The Order implores New York’s legislators to reconsider this dangerous new law and reinstitute protections for all human life, no matter how weak and vulnerable. Only when such protections exist can any society truly prosper.

Rev. Alexander Karloutsos
Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
Spiritual Advisor of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle

Is this enough?

It does not seem to be so. Governor Cuomo and his award, along with pro-abortion Roman Catholic Vice President Joe Biden, also received this award at the same time Governor Cuomo did.

What did not happen in this letter was that neither politician was named, nor were the four (out of five) Greek Orthodox politicians in the New York State Assembly that voted FOR this law.

Neither did the Archons move to rescind the Athenagoras Awards they gave to Mr. Cuomo and Mr. Biden. This move appears to be still far too politically calculated, and keeping with the tragic, curious and distressing behavior of the leadership within the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Monomachos.com is a popular blog site whose editor, George Michalopulos, is undoubtedly one of the giants among those Greek Orthodox who seriously uphold at the notion that the Church ought never compromise herself. Yet, he was very happy with the letter that is shown above because for him it represented a “180-degree turnabout” in terms of the history of the Archons’ behavior, which he noted elsewhere as smacking of “the feeling that their primary job is to raise money for Istanbul.”

He neglected to mention the lack of mention of the Awards, but perhaps understandably, his surprise at any sort of traditional statement by this group was leading to exuberance where perhaps it is not deserved.

The Greek Orthodox Church seems to have an overall alignment with very liberal figures, and it is unclear as to why. But this tendency of people that are considered good and faithful Greek Orthodox churchgoers to align with liberal politics in the United States is very different than the sharply conservative tendencies of Russian Orthodox churchgoers, or Greeks or Romanians in the US.

The other rather liberal church is the US is the Orthodox Church in America, but this group does tend to involve itself in social causes in the US – especially abortion – in a very conservative, if rather feeble, manner. They do make their presence known at the annual March for Life and this is of great value.

We wish to name all the Greek Orthodox elected New York assembly members here, with their votes regarding the state abortion measure:

Michael Gianaris             (D) (co-sponsor)   – Yes.
Andrew Gounardes         (D) (co-sponsor)   – Yes.
Nicole Malliotakis           (R)                            – No. (and she is a woman!!)
Aravella Simotas             (D)                            – Yes.
James Skoufis                  (D) (co-sponsor)   – Yes.

This measure enshrined abortion at any point in a woman’s pregnancy as a constitutional right. The law stipulates several following procedures are now “rights:”

  • The law allows non-physicians to perform abortions.
  • The law allows abortion through the third trimester.
  • and the law repeals protections for babies that survive abortions (this means that if the baby gets delivered alive, it will still be killed.)

This is a barbaric law, and a resounding victory for people aligned with some very dark ideas about life and death. It is a tragedy, and while the Archons’ letter condemning it is at least a token statement, it really wants a full-throated response from the Christian world.

In fact, even Muslims and religious Jewish people ought to be outraged as well. All the Abrahamic religions understand that only God is the author of life. In this viewpoint, people do not themselves create life. We only cooperate with God to bring it into existence, by his blessing.

But we can cause death, and this power is influenced by forces that are not interested in God, traditional values, family, children or anything of the sort.

Liked it? Take a second to support The Duran on Patreon!
Continue Reading

Latest

Greek MPs pass Prespes deal with 153 votes in 300-seat House

Opinion polls indicate that most Greeks oppose the settlement, a fact which may not bode well for Tsipras in an election year.

The Duran

Published

on

Via Ekathimerini


Greece’s parliament on Friday ratified a landmark accord that changes the name of neighbouring Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), ending a decades-old dispute and opening the way for the ex-Yugoslav republic to join the European Union and NATO.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who hammered out the deal with his FYROM counterpart last year, secured the parliamentary majority needed to get the accord approved with support from independent and opposition lawmakers.

“Today we are writing a new page for the Balkans. The hatred of nationalism and conflict is giving way to friendship, peace, and cooperation,” Tsipras wrote on his social media account.

FYROM has already ratified the deal, brokered last year, and its prime minister promptly sent a tweet hailing the Greek parliament’s vote.

The settlement seeks to end a 28-year old row between Athens and Skopje over the use of the term “Macedonia” by renaming the tiny Balkan state “Republic of North Macedonia” to differentiate it from Greece’s northern province of Macedonia.

Greece’s European Union allies welcomed the ratification.

“They had imagination, they took the risk, they were ready to sacrifice their own interests for the greater good,” European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted. “Mission impossible accomplished.”

Opinion polls indicate that most Greeks oppose the settlement, a fact which may not bode well for Tsipras in an election year. A general election is due by October, and his party is trailing the opposition New Democracy by up to 12 points.

The debate in the Greek parliament was heated, with voting almost interrupted on Friday when an MP for the right-wing Golden Dawn Party, asked to cast his vote, responded: “No to treason!”

Several MPs in favour of of the accord reported attempts to intimidate them.

Many Greeks fear the agreement could lead to territorial claims against Greece and say it constitutes an appropriation of their country’s ancient cultural heritage. Macedonia was the birthplace of Alexander the Great.

Protests against the deal have at times turned violent this week, and on Thursday evening police fired teargas to disperse crowds outside parliament. Smaller groups of people braved heavy rain on Friday to demonstrate outside the parliament.

New Democracy slammed the agreement.

“This deal should never have been signed or brought to parliament for ratification,” party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis told parliament. “It is a national defeat … a national blunder that is an affont to the truth and history of our country.”

Liked it? Take a second to support The Duran on Patreon!
Continue Reading

JOIN OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Your donations make all the difference. Together we can expose fake news lies and deliver truth.

Amount to donate in USD$:

5 100

Validating payment information...
Waiting for PayPal...
Validating payment information...
Waiting for PayPal...
Advertisement

Advertisement

Quick Donate

The Duran
EURO
DONATE
Donate a quick 10 spot!
Advertisement
Advertisement

Advertisement

The Duran Newsletter

Trending