22 October 2004

We Like Being Greek

I would like to thank George Katsaras for emailing this to me. Being half Greek, and having been to Greece, I can testify that this is all true...

WE LIKE BEING GREEK:

Because we have a small, poor country full of people with big hearts.
Because we never visit others empty handed.
Because there is no way to explain to foreigners what is "kapsoura" (burning
desire for someone).
Because in Greece family is still something valuable.
Because we always make it, albeit in the last moment.
Because we were slaves for 400 years yet never bring that up as an excuse
for our current state.
Because we are everywhere around the planet.
Because "filotimo" (friend of honor, helping someone because it is a shame
not to) does not exist in any other language.
Because whenever foreigners cannot find a word, they use one of ours.
Because we spend our bad and low times with our friends and family, not with
shrinks.
Because Socrates, Plato and Aristotle were Greek.
Because we invented theatre.
Because we gave birth to Democracy.
Because we discovered logic.
Because we jumpstarted science.
Because we are proud of our culture, not of our wars.
Because when we were building the Parthenon, the others were still sleeping
on trees
Because we gave the light to all these leaders who are "striving" for peace
by making wars.
Because we have a distinction between Eros (falling in love) and Agapi
(innocent love), while we feel both of them passionately.
Because Eros was a Greek God.
Because we gave the oath "freedom or death".
Because when others used to be clothed with wolf skin we were weaving
see-through linen.
Because "Greeks do not fight as heroes, heroes fight like Greeks" (Winston
Churchill,1941).
Because we gave our ancient alphabet to the Romans & our medieval alphabet
to the Slavs.
Because we are not ashamed to cry.
Because we dance when we are sad.
Because we work to live and do not live to work.
Because 97% of the stars' names are Greek.
Because when you shout "brother or cousin " in the streets everyone turns
around.
Because the inside of all our churches are not dark but full of light.
Because our parents do not forget that we exist when we reach 18.
Because when we want to sunbathe, we go to the beach, we don't crawl on
grass or jump into fountains.
Because we confront every difficulty with humor.
Because the Olympic games were born in Greece.
Because, with our (Olympic) light, we unite the world and pass the message
of peace.
Because our sky is blue, not gray.
Because 40% of Oxford dictionary is made up with Greek words.
Because we know what "Kefi" (propensity to fun) means.
Because Homer wrote Iliad 3500 years ago and Hollywood turned it into a
movie just recently.

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