When I go paranoid …I think and write in Greek


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Αυτο που απασχολει παρα πολυ και με τρομαζει ειναι μηπως με τις φωτογραφιες μου της Ικαριας στο Φλικρ συμβαλω ωστε να αυξηθει η τιμη της γης και τα ενοικια. Μηπως χτιστουν διαφορες βιλες στα βουνα και πληγωσουν το τοπιο. Μηπως οι ιδιοκτητες τους νομιζουν πως απο τα μπαλκονια τους θα βλεπουν τετοια τοπια.
Μηπως συμβαλω στην οικοπεδοποιση του Αιγαιου;

Χριστε μου, εχω καιρο να περπατησω καπου συναρπαστικα και να μου φυγουν τετοιες σκεψεις. Κι αυτη εδω η πεδιαδα που ειμαι τωρα δεν μου κανει. Ακομα και να μη φοβομουν τ’ αλογα, αποκλειεται να μαθω ιπασια στη παρουσα φαση.

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Everything is illusions -stay cool. There are other forces at work besides constructors and speculators. You know this well.
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Thursday September 7, 2006 – 10:22pm (EEST)

This may not be all paranoid. Look…
I quote from
http://www.artbox.gr/
about the Greek participation in this year’s Art Biennale of Venice

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The Concept of the Greek Participation >
The Aegean Archipelago is a scattered city

The governing concept of the Greek participation in the 10th Venice Biennial of Architecture is a presentation of the Aegean as a city.
Making reference to the thought of Italian philosopher and mayor of the city of Venice Massimo Cacciari, the notion of the Archipelago is presented in the Greek pavilion as a vital allegory for mutual social understanding.
In the context of the discourse regarding the metacity, the Aegean is being introduced as a counter yet extant example of an aquatic city that is a radiating land of desire. Its allure does not stem from the sediments of nostalgia, but rather from the enduring character of a structure of habitation that contains the promise of a different metacity, one that intently embraces the call for freedom.
The fact that the islands are surrounded by the sea, exposed to light, the sun and mighty winds of the Aegean delineates the unconditional relationship of the Archipelagic city with its nature, proposing not an anachronism but a topical, alternative form of urbanity throbbing with the intrinsic tensions of the metacity.

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A *metacity* ? An *archipelagos* ? Do you agree with these concepts? To my nose they smell st-trong of wet concrete. 😮

Friday September 8, 2006 – 09:54pm (EEST)


«The strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must» :o


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«Right, as the world goes, is only a question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must

 

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Oh no. I’ve changed my mind. I don’t feel like and I am not going to write the story of sweet boy Glaucos, Cretan King Minos’ son, who drowned in honey.

Instead, I will tell you about the terrible fate of the Melians, the inhabitants of the island of Melos, who dared claim neutrality in a civil war. It was not because they were cowards; on the contrary they were the only islanders who didn’t surrender and opposed the Persians. The reason they didn’t want to fight with their allies, the Athenians, against the Spartans, was that unlike the Athenians and most other islanders who were Ionians, the Melians were Dorians like the Spartans. Greek can kill Greek and brother can kill brother; but in this case the Melians were asked to fight against themselves, against their own identity. So they pleaded to remain neutral.

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Mandrakia village / Milos island by Zdenek Senkyrik | Flickr

Read the story and then read THE MELIAN DIALOGUE, the debate between the Melians and the Athenians on the matter. It’s good drama. What the Athenians actually say is :

«We are going to destroy you and we will spare noone; but before we kill you, you will have to understand perfectly well the reason why we will kill you.» And the Melians seem to say : «We know that we are as good as dead; but why not for a change instead of proving you are strong by killing everybody of us, why not for a change prove you are strong by letting us live in the way we want.»

(If you have time to read the whole original Dialogue, search for the quote in the title of this entry. Look how and where exactly it drops in the text. What effect it’d create to your ears if you were a Melian?)

I hope one day Thucydides’ Melian Dialogue will be adapted and set on the scene succesfully. But my ambitions are greater. They say that the constitution of the European Union will contain Pericles’ «Funeral Oration» on the benefits of democracy; I strongly believe that it should also contain the arguments of the Melians. My arguments? My arguments are he arguments of so many weak people I know.

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«Might makes right!» «Wait a second.. no it doesn’t!»

If there were any justice in the world, all imperial leaders would be forced to sleep with a copy of this dialogue under their pillows.

This was one of the first pieces of classical literature I ever read. It brought home the one reason I’m still studying the ancients, and in fact plan to teach this stuff for my career: Nothing Ever Changes. That’s not to say I’m a pessimist, but rather that there are universal elements of the human experience, and sometimes they were expressed best 2500 years ago. These elements, from Achilles’ rage to Dido’s tragic love, are what have kept me stuck in school for all these years.

Saturday September 30, 2006 – 09:24am (EDT)

My old teacher Vidal-Naquet died recently. I was lucky to meet him again after many years in Ikaria. He had been invited to a conference on history and myths. I was told that he expressed the wish to visit again and spend a lot of time in Ikaria. Anyway what he always said was that the study of the classics helps a person committed to a cause become more relative and more profound in his/her ideas. I want to add that Thucydides was FOR the Melians. Unfortunaltely we weren’t taught that at school. I was told that Thucydides is taught as a course in the Mlitary Academies of the U.S. I assume it’s about strategics and that they leave this passage out.

(psst… El, what’s on your mind? a script?)

Saturday September 30, 2006 – 10:43pm (EEST)

The cat got his paws on a cockerel. «At last I’ve got you. You… you… wake up everyone far too early in the morning. Now I’m going to stop all your crowing once and for all.» Although the claws of cat were round his neck, the cock managed to answer, «But actually a recent poll has shown the majority of people are grateful for a wake up call.» «Well… don’t think you can reason your way out of this. I’m hungry, and the main thing is… I want a meal.» And with that the debate was over.

I’ve just had a look at the Melian dialogue – it is sort of surreal – it must be the greeks and debate – why, before the age of mass media and spin – why when there will be no audience apart from the vanquished – why bother to reason?? The performance should have a comic edge I think.

Saturday September 30, 2006 – 11:24pm (CEST)

Typical situation «Shoot me but spare me the lecture». Fortunately (for us) none of them was short of words and Thucydides was a top «journalist». So a typical everyday situation became an *all-times-classic*. When someone to who a company is grateful*, refuses to do some dirty job which is against his/her principles, and so he/she gets fired, the attitudes that you see and the arguments that you hear are from the Melian Dialogue.

*** I all agree with Simon G. This is Black Comedy. Though no expert, I think this genre is the most difficult to put on stage.

Sunday October 1, 2006 – 07:10pm (EEST)

OH YES IT IS ! As ‘Simon G’ insinuates, the somebody has to be vanquished and that will be the audience for such a play. If I’m not mistaken, during the war Thucydides was busy being a general; he wrote his history later in his self-exile in Thrace after his home town, Athens was defeated. Aristophanes on the contrary wrote and directed his comedies between battles and campaigns of that war. Lycistrata, The Birds, Acharneis – my favourites!…

Sunday October 1, 2006 – 12:27pm (PDT)

Tragic that we as humans have not learned a Goddamned thing in 2,500 years.

Write it Elle!

Monday October 2, 2006 – 07:35am (PDT)

Oh no greg! We have learned one thing : that we have not learned a Goddamned thing in 2,500 years. ha ha ha Somebody else said this -not me. Maybe a comedian, maybe a historian, I can’t remember.

I think I’ll try and do it. I’ll need to put on 3 hats : a lawyer’s, a comedian’s, a historian’s, plus some Aristophanic spirit «shoot us but spare us the lectures» (thank you Nana!) Let’s change the subject because I don’t want to think about it now. It will be for after… you know.

Monday October 2, 2006 – 01:04pm (PDT)


Ζeppelin «IKARIA» with many propellers & forested with Oaks


I don’t want another stupid war for oil
and
I don’t want nuclear plants around the Aegean
and
I don’t want oil tanker and gas pipeline games
and
I don’t want climate change.
Yes, it’s true that I want my computer and my refridgerator to work all the time while I am in Ikaria so that I’m able to work and live a normal life.
but
on the other hand, though I like wind turbines,
fog on Atheras in Ikaria
I don’t Ikaria to become a large aeolian factory!

No, I am NOT giving my beloved wild mountain ridge to crazy capitalist profiteers profit who will flatten it with roads and building sites and turn it into a desert of rubble and gravel threatening to slide down on our heads.
I had always wished my island to belong to a larger network of something. I never wanted it to be *an isolated primitive paradise*. Oh, no !

I want everybody to be able to enjoy the benefits of electricity. But if this is going to destroy our lives, we’d better go back to oil lamps!

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I could accept five or seven or even twelve towers, but I say a big NO to 110 wind turbines on mt Atheras!
NEVER!!! NEVER!!! NEVER!!!

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But in the worse case, if those profiteers and prospectors actually come and we are unable to stop them because we are small and few, it’s ok, let them make a mess of the mountain -the source of our life. Let them have a big party on it’s back and break its bones… ‘Cause I know it’ll all be a cheat deal and half of their turbines will fall down
(like in the final scene of Kakogiannis’ film «Zorba the Greek» -remember?).
What ever it is, let them try it!..
When the party is over, me and my children and my friends (and others we will make on the way) …

…. we will camp under the wrecks of those gigantic power towers and ….


my forested airship Ikaria

*PLANT 100.000 OAK ACORNS* !
*100.000 βελανίδια* !
See you there whenever…
Meanwhile…

Gopetition: 'IΚΑΡΙΑ: ΥΠΟΓΡΑΦΟΥΜΕ ΚΑΤΑ ΤΩΝ 110 ΑΝΕΜΟΓΕΝΝΗΤΡΙΩΝ' (in Greek) - Ikaria: we sign against the 110 wind turbines

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Signed!
These mountains are for dancing: Dance & Save Atheras Ikaria 01

Signed for very serious reasons!

Balancing rock in ammoudia plateau, mt. Atheras, Ikaria

Signed! See you on the mountain!

Signed, of course. That project is too scary!

Thank you, everybody, for flying on my zeppelin!
I am sorry that this post was so unbalanced and cracky…