Recently, I’ve come up with some really, really positive GLOBAL thinking about solving our ghastly LOCAL problem of Greek… blog-wars!
For several months, this blog was NOT in/on particularly friendly terms with another Greek blog, extremely popular and (as it happens) also a very valuable blog, with excellent posts from time to time. You may have noticed, now… that in the previous sentence I refrained from mentioning names, or even the slightest vestige of negative feeling; however, as regards negative feelings, I can assure you they’ve been at times intense and… quite exhausting!
However, today was a day of Peace, rather than blog-war: I published a mini-F.A.Q. titled «Five Basic Principles for Blog-Conflict Resolution» (in my Greek blog «Thesis without Antithesis equals De-synthesis«) and deleted a WordPress tag bearing my opponent’s name, (erected –ha-ha– during those months of hostility). I did this, after the «enemy» himself, humbly expressed a Gesture of Peace, inviting me to cross-post something of my own (about Blogging and the Internet) in his blog, previously prohibited by him, for a VERY silly reason, for such a long time…
So… why does this sort of thing tend to happen, in so many ways, in Greece? We’ re talking about something really big, as well as extremely old; thousands of years old, in fact: –The infamous Greek tendency for perpetual fighting and squabbling among ourselves…
Well, tonight I took heart: – Yet another foreign English-language blog has added me to their blog roll; quite a nice, sensitive, ecology-sensitive blog, as it happens! I can therefore reassure myself (ha-ha) that although Greek solidarity is (as always) dying, GLOBAL solidarity is ever-growing in its place. Perhaps Global viruses have infected our brains (my own brain – most certainly, having spent so many early years in the UK) with hideous… Global Solidarity Disease, conspiring against our… Fiercely Manly Greekhood (like Robin Hood, the Pope of Rome, and Little Ungreek Red Riding Hood, or whatever)… 🙂
Nevertheless, I can console myself, that my fate is not as un-greek as it seems: Evidently, since time immemorial, Greek memes have triumphed outside Greece, and fought against each other fiercely inside Greece; it’s not a strange or new situation, at all…
However, my new problem is elsewhere:
If such an unmistakably, provably recurrent Natural Tendency of the «Greek People»(tm) does exist, throughout history, to fight one another, then… HOW did it happen, from the point of view of Science, Genetic Biology, or Meme-theory -for a start?
Not to mention Rupert Sheldrake‘s Morphic Fields, which I suspect must be so dreadfully relevant here…
Evidently, an Ancient Morphic Field, almost 2500 years old, haunts our (Greek and western) minds today:
ATHENIAN DIRECT DEMOCRACY.
-a time when quarelling in public was not only permitted, but protected and esteemed officially as THE LAW.
What did you say? aaah…. – Yes, of course,
-a time when quarelling DEBATING and VOTING in public for IMMEDIATE ACTION was
We have lost the political and social benefits, of such a magnificent Social System, which seems to have come from the future, much more than from the past. However, crippled as we are, with so many centuries of oppression, alienation, imbecility, self-loathing, as well as self-flaggelation… We, the bastardly spiritual heirs (if you believe those memes, or those Morphic Fields) of Athenian Direct Democracy, have inherited in fact only the silliest, most negative part: -The crippled wicked ways of mutual mutilation!
Well, if the Ancient Athenian Cow has died, we are still the (perpetually fresh) autonomous meat, still full of effervescent blood…
An EXQUISIT CORPSE, ABLE-CADAVRE , in fact! 🙂