BBC News – One million Greek workers unpaid
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Google Is Now Pouring Money Into Far-Right Wing Organizations – disinformation
On Consumer Choice And The Quest For Meaning
Saving the Environment is too Important to Leave to Capitalists
The Banach–Tarski paradox is a theorem in set-theoreticgeometry, which states the following: Given a solid ball in 3‑dimensional space, there exists a decomposition of the ball into a finite number of non-overlapping pieces (i.e., disjointsubsets), which can then be put back together in a different way to yield two identical copies of the original ball. Indeed, the reassembly process involves only moving the pieces around and rotating them, without changing their shape. However, the pieces themselves are not “solids” in the usual sense, but infinite scatterings of points. A stronger form of the theorem implies that given any two “reasonable” solid objects (such as a small ball and a huge ball), either one can be reassembled into the other. This is often stated colloquially as “a pea can be chopped up and reassembled into the Sun.”
The other day I was talking to my cousin on the phone, he is going through much of the same issues as me, and I find his counsel often comforting. I was lamenting the torments that our people, the Greeks, are going through as our corrupt and amoral leaders lead the country to ruin and that the population seems to be too uneducated, gullible, distrustful of each other and/or too deluded to act properly to stop this injustice. Even if elections were to occur, I am not hopeful of change, as none of the major parties really inspire much confidence. Basically, I was upset at the hopeless situation we face, both in our country, our world and in our personal lives as we confront the fact that there are very few opportunities for any kind of improvement.
He replied, in his typical fashion, “Do not worry, our torments won’t last forever, for we will eventually die.” I laughed but, in my customary fashion, I pondered what this means….
Recently, a young girl in Greece died, because her mother could no longer afford electricity or proper heating. To survive the cold nights of Northern Greece this time of year, in desperation, they used a brazier to heat themselves. However, the tragic occurrence was that the mother did not realize that the brazier could release dangerous carbon monoxide that resulted in the death of the daughter. To add to the horror of the mother losing her precious daughter, the heartless Greek authorities then arrested the mother, and after the horrors of crippling poverty and her child’s death, also had to experience Greece’s thug police and prisons.
The real people who should be in prison are the Greek leaders who through corruption, incompetence and nepotism have led the country to ruin. Instead, they will continue pontificating, lying, cheating, taking advantage, selling the country out to the soulless bureaucrats of the EU and oppressing with impunity.
Some Greeks, the ones who have not abandoned their faith altogether, might be tempted to say that God has abandoned Greece, but God didn’t abandon Greece, Greeks abandoned God. Did God elect these corrupt leaders? Did God tell Greeks to sell their votes and conscience to the highest bidder so that their son or daughter can get a job in the public sector? Neither did God tell Greeks to borrow money that they didn’t need? God also didn’t tell Greeks to buy hook, line and sinker the lies of capitalism? Right before the crisis, the utter worship of wealth and status had reached disgusting levels. No. God didn’t destroy Greece, he gave us free will and then we destroyed Greece ourselves, for although they are utterly evil, our leaders are not the only ones to blame. We could get rid of them tomorrow, if we unified, with love and compassion for each other and drove them out. But we don’t, we are instead selfish and hateful to each other, neighbour against neighbour, friend against friend. We should unify as one people, throw aside our retarded party affiliations and start working together, listening to each other, to create a new society where decisions are made from the bottom up, in each community.
Oh you say, that is a utopian ideal? Well, have the hierarchical governments for the last 5000 years EVER made life good for the masses, have they ever fostered something good? I would say no, they have not, for they only ever worked for the few and their cronies, while the masses toiled in ignorance and suffering. You don’t want to change paradigms? Shift your consciousness? Then prepare to suffer until you die, because it will only get worse every year while amoral people rule over us unimpeded.
But I don’t blame Greeks for abandoning God, for the ones who should be teaching about the faith have been poor teachers themselves. The church has largely become corrupt itself, the priests, not all but many, don’t teach the people the writings of the ancient texts, which if one takes the time to read them one learns many beautiful and inspiring things. Instead the church in Greece has been blessing juntas, supporting right-wing causes and often spouting utter nonsense when it should be guiding the people into being kinder, less judgemental of each other and more compassionate.
One example, recently a number of clergymen in the Greek Orthodox Church have come out threatening to excommunicate politicians who want to sign a law pertaining to cohabitation agreements among homosexuals. I don’t agree with homosexuality either, but that is my personal belief, and beyond that, what they do is their business, between them and God and no government should interfere in people’s personal business. Nor do I judge them, because it is not my place to judge anyone, I might disagree with what a person does, but it doesn’t mean I would not treat them with respect and kindness.
So I would ask these clergymen, of all the things our leaders have done this is what you will excommunicate the politicians for, a law giving homosexuals the right to make agreements for living together? You won’t excommunicate our leaders for taking every penny that a poor worker makes, while giving billions to the banks? You won’t excommunicate them for their constant lies to the people? These clergymen are shameful and apply the laws of God when and where it suits them, but that is between them and God, don’t lose your faith because of them.
In any case, one day we will all die, good people and bad people alike. We will all go to the same place, and we will behold the Uncreated Light of God, beyond space and time. What will the corrupt, the liars and hypocrites do then? For when we are before the Uncreated Light, in a sinful and hateful condition, we will feel fear and pain, for our impurities are revealed and burned before this energy. Yet those who were kind, gentle and compassionate and didn’t want the ephemeral and material things of this world, will strive towards purity and will bask in glory in this same Light.
So, I don’t have much hope for this world anymore, none of the philosophies and ideologies can help the world, capitalism, socialism, anarchism if people themselves don’t strive to be kind, gentle and compassionate and, unfortunately, I don’t see human beings changing anytime soon, so yes, I agree with my cousin, indeed our torments won’t last forever, we will all eventually die.