“This will only end in blood. Alot of blood. No other way around it.
You talk about peaceful community action during the prelude to a war.
I hope you understand how invalid and utopic your statement is.”
I stared at this sentence for a long time. When I questioned some of the responses, without judgement I thought, I was told I didn’t…indeed couldn’t understand. And the commenter was right to some degree. I don’t live in Greece, my child is not starving, I’m not unemployed and I have only a vague idea what it is like in Greece right now.
Having said that though…
If I were there, if I was one of those struggling would I lose my ethics? Would all I hold to be ‘good’ disappear and would I too see the only solution being the outpouring of individuals blood who held different opinions, different nationalities, different lifestyles to me?
Are beliefs/ethics such as non-violence, non-violent activism, empathy and active compassion to those worse off than us only things we believe in when we have enough food in our belly and a roof over our heads? Ultimately is my belief in treating others the way I want to be treated pie in the sky notions that exist only because I live in Australia and am comfortable?
Or do we justify the abandonment of our ethics and beliefs by blaming external conditions and claim others ‘don’t understand’ when they challenge this abandonment?
Is non-violent action by the people invalid and a utopian dream?
Do all Greeks see themselves and their country as in a “prelude to war”?
Would love your opinion…your thoughts on this.