Greece needs us, how can we help?

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.
Massive homelessness
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.)

A better system is possible. See Positive Money or the American Monetary Institute. Look at the documentary videos The Secret of Oz, or The Four Horsemen.

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

Positive Money

American Monetary Institute.

documentary The Secret of Oz,

documentary The Four Horsemen.


3 thoughts on “Greece needs us, how can we help?

  1. The biggest enemy of all – is the Establishment – the world of high finance which now rules this country enabling the rich and powerful to dictate terms – even policies, to elected governments – yes, even in Britain. Think millionaires and the City of London, then translate that into the number of Labour, Liberal and Conservative MPs who are in that category. Not one of them, of whatever political party will do anything to jeopardise their wealth.


  2. Copied from A Paper Bird: We’re not all Greeks. Only a select sodality of wounded societies have undergone what the Greeks did. The figures on Greece’s suffering don’t inform, they numb. Since 2008, the country’s gross domestic product withered by more than a quarter. Incomes dropped by a third. Pensions were cut 40%, and often not paid at all. One in four Greeks is jobless, six of ten among youth. In Athens, 18,000 are estimated to be homeless – one-tenth of the city’s unemployed, 3% of its people.
    I wrote this on Facebook this morning
    Hurray, it looks like sanity and common sense and … honest caring authenticity … has happened in economics/politics. The Greek people voted NO. The Finance minister, who SUPPORTED this vote, resigned (or was pushed). Read this pre-vote assessment of the myths others tried to spread, and listen to Varoufakis in interview pre-vote […/why-a-no-vote-in-the-referendu…/] and decide for yourself if I am right to be happy this morning, or naive. If you do listen to Varoufakis, look for why he said after resigning “how to act collectively with no care for the privileges of office” and start saying that we too want common decency and respect instead of power grabbing public relations politics.
    I know people in Greece are suffering and continue to suffer. People here in the great USA suffer too, less visibly, less quantifiably maybe. My post said Help
    Greece but this morning I am thinking that Greece has helped us we just do not know it yet.
    This is too long for a comment. You often inspire me! Thanks


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