I sincerely hope that the beautiful country that is Greece, sorts its shit out soon. On the flip side, I regret to say that this is never happening, considering the big hole that the people of Greece have dug themselves into. Which brings me to the whole irony of what Greece is a representation of and the many one-of-a-kind lessons that could be learnt.
So, here goes:
– You can’t have both ways, all the time. Something’s or someone’s gotta give some time. The low-tax, early-retirement haven that y’all Grecians had come to love, has now taken its true, ugly form. If you enjoyed every bit of your heydays, you also shouldn’t mind the mayday.
– Pomposity or pageantry is never a good idea, as all it does is causes humongous outlay without bringing anything in return (unless, of course, you are a marketing genius). Case in point, the Athens olympics – which all but put the final nail in the spectacular Greek coffin by piling on to the existing debt woes.
– What saved you in the past, won’t save you now. Now that y’all Grecians find your country between rock and hard place, even your greatest invention, which is democracy, won’t help you. All you can do is think on your feet, and come up with a magical solution, if at all there exists one.
– Individuals should not be bigger than the state, and when that happens, the state starts developing conspicuous cracks. All the big, rich and powerful Greek shipping magnates had too much say in the state’s affairs, which they exploited to their personal benefit; this has now swayed the whole nation on the brink of bankruptcy. Of course, they escape from this fiasco: scott-free, unharmed and unaltered.
– Emotions are a good thing, but they have a limited use in politics. Y’all Grecians might have elected Alexis Tsipras for his valour, him having stood up against the European superpowers Germany and France during challenging times, but the bottom line is that it will only take you so far. It’s better to let your mind do the rational thinking and the crucial decision-making and let your heart take a backseat.