We respond to disasters, fire, flood, famine, earthquake, hurricane. These out of control events that strike indiscriminately and destroy lives. Whose lives? Ours, the good and the bad, the diligent and the lazy, the selfless and the greedy, just those of us who happen to be there in that time in that place.
We collect what we can. We send it for relief, for rebuilding. We feel for them, we wonder if we might be next.
The tsunami of debt has hit the people of Greece.
This is Japan, 2011, taken from a you-tube video.
The debt tsunami is just as indiscriminate as natural disaster. By some accident of place and time,
in Greece they have had:
Rise in Suicides
50% youth unemployment
Rise in HIV cases due to cuts in social services.
People rifling through bins for food.
No drugs for conditions that are life threatening.
Destruction of lives – if you just happened to be a parent of one of those 50% of youth who are unemployed, or even if you are parent to one of the other 50%, how could you say your own decisions had deserved this loss to society?
Of course they voted for a different kind of government, a statement of hope. But what has the rest of the world done? Why has Germany been so intransigent? (the government of people in Germany, I do not know about the people who are governed)
Everyone, at some level, must know that the present monetary system to which the world subscribes cannot be sustained. It has the seed of its own destruction within it, it has been likened to a Ponzi* scheme, but there are so many complexities that most of us only see a little bit and have to manage the best we can. [there are alternatives, but until enough people recognize that we are just using a bad theory that happened to grow into a system of belief, we will not be able to change.] If you are in work, work harder, more hours, be more productive to service your own debt, if you are a government walk a tightrope that gets narrower and narrower, between social programs, taxes and servicing the government debt.
It does not matter much what your politics are,
left, right or centre, tea party, austerity or green party,
the corporate unelected management of money constrains your choice
Some banks are ‘bailed out’. Some countries are ‘bailed out’ (Spain, Ireland, Cyprus, and a while ago … Greece). Being ‘bailed out’ for a country at least, just puts off the day of reckoning, when your debt is too much. Like people using a pawnbroker. You might get a jolt of good fortune or become more productive with a better job… you might not. Countries, I should say “nation states” are running out of good fortune (coal, oil, etc. has been discovered to be FINITE, just like gold, diamonds, or prairie gold, or the bounty of the oceans.)
In the meantime
ASK your representatives to HELP GREECE.
Remember Niemoller: First they came for xyxyxyx … and I did not speak out… I was not xyxyxyx
Speak out NOW, whether or not you are Greek, even if it is only because you might be next.
*A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation where the operator, an individual or organization, pays returns to its investors from new capital paid to the operators by new investors, rather than from profit earned by the operator. See information about the debt money system on these sites