What General Makryiannis Said About Corruption
I am depressed at the thought that modern Greece is repeating the same cycle that recurs every 30-50 years. Usually, the reason for this downwards spiral and all the terrible things that go along with it is the corruption that eats away at the very fabric of society, and makes the people susceptible to dissension and extremism. Let's go back to 1829 to see what the unrivaled General Ioannis Makryiannis had to say about this: "These sort of folks want to gain riches when it isn't time to get rich, but to fight. Riches and glory will come together afterwards. We tie up our fellow comrades and we burden them with heavy loads, and then the Turks come and unburden them... And of course, with these yes-men, and robbers, and hucksters the country has come into danger, and it will continue to be at risk... There is no sweeter thing than country and religion. When a man's conscience doesn't speak to him about these things, and he serves them as an honorable fellow and venerates them, then he is the happiest and richest fellow out there."