From here, from the Northern provinces of Greece, on the Aegean island of Lemnos, Athens, as always, looks far away.
Here, the people do not participate in decisions being made in the capital on their behalf. And I learned that rumors are an important source of information…and television.
This does not mean that the decisions do not affect their lives.
That is why the world is glued to the television set (newspapers are read mainly by the well-educated). They are waiting to see when they will “fix” everything. When life will return to the way it was in the good old days.
When the state will resume “giving.”
Without state services, without pensions and subsidies, the income of most families is zero. They often no longer have enough money for cigarettes. Granted, that is a good thing, but perhaps there are other, better ways to quit smoking.
Things went from bad to worse…the banks had been closed for two weeks and the island’s economy has dried out.
The island’s social life now takes place on the lines outside banks while people wait for their 60 euros a day, which is actually 50 because there are no 20 euro notes.
Shops, cafes, and restaurants where you once needed an “in” to get in….are now desolate.
Places of entertainment, which had been crowded, are now almost empty. The cash of their parents and grandparents has apparently run out.
It is a very sad spectacle. Depressing. A condition no one in any country should have to experience. It is unbelievable. The image of a country in tatters.
We live in truly historic days.
The sun, the sea, and the weather are still the best allies of the Greeks. And great sources of relief.
But the summer will give way to the days of autumn. And then winter comes.
The effects of the summer’s economic weakness will then be felt all their fury.
At this time, the people are dealing with the happenings with stoicism and fatalism.
A taxi driver just spread the news that a solution was found. As he had predicted, when Prime Minister Tsipras made his great historical and important revolutionary shift,
the kind that only “left” governments can do. Just like “only Nixon could go to China.”
After having led the country to the brink. And they feel proud.
Let it be. It is fortunate that he did it.
Greece, therefore, shall remain in the Eurozone. For now.
In the provinces, the turnabout will be welcomed. The queues at banks will shorten, although the withdrawals will increase.
The public trust in the system has now been shaken. And it will be shaken further when the impact of the solution will be felt.
But what else can the people in provinces do: the misinformed, the abandoned, who follow the events in Athens and hope that those who are govern them will be like them, and have some philotimo.