Greece July 03: Learning how to listen to ourselves

Friends from the Axladitsa-Avatakia Learning Center in Greece are reporting to us what their learning experiences are currently on the streets of Athens – this is society learning (Club of Rome: No Limits to Learning, 1979) in action:

Dear Friends,

Sarah and I are just back from Syntagma – where we met Anthi – where many people are gathered, continuing to stand up, place their stake in the ground – and continue to act for life.

Some scenes from the Square to share with you….

We were saying good bye to Anthi and I smelled incense – like we have in our churches and I said – where is that coming from? Anthi – pointed out a little tent where on styrofoam a cross was drawn – this is a priest who has come and set up a small chapel – inside the tent is a little alter with icons and a cross – with incense burning and candles lit. I felt tears coming to my eyes – to see this symbol of our land – to see this brave man bring his practice to the square. He is a feisty priest – and he has placed his stake in the ground too.

Then many people gathered in front of the Parliament continuing to chant and show that the agreement of the signing away of our land and people by our government – is not our agreement. They wave Greek flags, stand under banners, talk with friends – of all ages. You can hear that no one is listening to us from the Parliament – but you can see ourselves learning how to listen to ourselves – our voices bouncing back from the Parliament into our own hearts – no more sleeping here!!

Finally – going down the stairs to the Square centre – Platia – there are about 5000 people taking part in the People Assembly – that takes place every night. People stand up to the microphone and speak their propositions – speak their pain, frustration, hope, dreams. Others listen and clap or wave their hands. For one guy it is his first time there – speaks of how he did not believe in this – but then was there on 28 and 29 June and saw how people participated – so decided to come – his proposition – we need to create new songs together so we can sing in our freedom!! As he speaks – a group of people from the flotilla trying to get to Gaza come into the crowd where they have just come from sit in at one of our ministry’s. They are cheered into the crowd and welcomed to join us.

The story you keep hearing being spoken is the shock of the violence from our own riot police against the people on the 28th and 29th June. People were there in peace – standing up and showing our government, Europe, the World that we are not in agreement with this agreement or its life threatening measures. The response was repeated and violent teargassing – right into the crowd – and even the medical centre set up in the metro station. Beatings and provocation. Even tonight they set off teargas.

The air is very edgy here, folks – I call for your prayers, heart holding and love – we need to keep the peaceful warriorship going. We are not doing this just for ourselves – we are doing it on behalf of the whole.


Further reflections on learning about real democracy in Athens:

Dancing the Space Open
Scaled Out Walk Out Walk On
Democracy Rising in Greece

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4 Antworten zu Greece July 03: Learning how to listen to ourselves

  1. Ralf Lippold schreibt:

    Thank you Frauke for sharing the events to all who are not on Facebook or on the NING group. Great to hear that Anthi is also active in Athens – all the best to my Greek friends!

    Love to be there and yet I am pulled into where I am in Dresden, where things are changing (yet at a slower pace and not as openly). Interestingly the EU Commission announced support for Saxony from 2014 to 2020 even though the financial aid should have come to an end by 2015 (after 25 years since the reunification). With financial aid one only helps a few to earn even more money and never tackles the underlying root causes of a current crisis.

    Time for a systemic and holistic politics view on how countries and societies emerge in best way into the future that is so much faster changing than in the past.

  2. fraukego schreibt:

    I’m sending you my English translation of the blog of mr. Paul de Blot. He is a very special man, in his eighties, survived the Japanese camp in the Second World War and is now Professor of Business Spirituality since a few years at a famous business University here in Holland.

    He is reacting in this blog on the public debate in Holland that is mainly about yes or no should we pay for the Greeks. He is reminding us of our humanness and how economy and money have become a goal rather than a means to get to human wellbeing.

    I hope this finds you well.

    The Greek trauma

    Dear Anita,

    The economic drama where Greece finds itself in for a while now, remains to be a topic in the media. Very diverse groups take part in the discussion, though often one doesn’t really know what exactly is going on. There’s talk of bankruptcy of a nation, as if it concerns a profit or not for profit business. A nation can never go bankrupt.

    A society of people that sustain each other doesn’t just disappear. The Greek were and are a strong nation, the cradle of the western philosophy from a cultural perspective. Also in Greece there are hard working people with a lot of responsibility, that now have become victim of mismanagement. Thanks to these people Greece has sufficient potential to recover, but they do need help.

    Nobody will deny that money is necessary for this, a lot of money, but money is not sufficient. Money is more than a means to an end and money can never become the goal itself of human life. Life is about more than money, namely about humanity. This has also been a lesson of the reconstruction after the 2nd World War. Money was lent to people to help them rebuild their country. Money that is being invested in humanity is never wasted. From an economic perspective it is often a loss, but in light of human wellbeing it is a sustainable investment. Investing in other human beings is also an investment in itself.

    I will not go into the question if we need to help Greece but I do want to remind that in the end economy is about the wellbeing of people and not just about money. We could speak of a disaster in Greece like other countries have had disasters: Haiti by an earthquake, Pakistan by a flood, Japan by a tsunami. Greece by mismanagement. Disasters cannot be compared but in all cases it is about offering help to others that are at need. The primary question is how we can help people in Greece build their country, not if we have to do it.

    The panic that came about around the European aid policy is the consequence of the mixing up of goal and means. Money as a means is too often made into a goal in a too unilateral way and people neglect that at the end of the day it’s about people who need help. In case of a disaster money is very important, but other things are necessary as well and that is co-responsibility for the victims in the most divergent ways.

    Kind regards,
    Paul de Blot

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