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Posted: 8/2/2012 - 9 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

Greece and the Oracle

Just got back from Athens. Dad’s 70th - chasing antiquity. Stopped in on the Parthenon, Thermopylae, Sparta, and the Oracle at Delphi. Asked the Oracle, what’s in store?

But first, a little about Hellas - that’s what the Greek’s call themselves.
First thing you notice, it’s hot. Not D.C. hot - more like Africa hot. It’s a wonder anybody works at all. Don’t kick the dead dogs - they’re just resting.
Second, there are no young people - there are old people and infants. All the people of child-bearing age have gone elsewhere to find work.
Third, cash is king. Shopkeepers and hoteliers are allergic to plastic - it leaves a nasty tax trail.
Last, it’s not that Greeks are lazy - they’re just beaten. If there’s no way up, the smart man lies down. And, save your lectures - and don’t mention Merkel or bankers...
What wisdom did the Oracle impart?
One, Europe’s really a mess. It must unravel to cure itself. The Euro’s dead. When people are more interested in meting out blame than working out how to put food on the table, the future goes hungry.
Two, government is difficult. Charting a course between austerity and economic stimulus is like navigating between Charybdis and Scylla - a riddle for the Sphinx.
Three, America isn’t perfect - but it’s good to be home. We need to be honest about our problems. Don’t want to compromise - Hellas shows us great societies have crumbled before…

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