TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY OR JUST ADOLESCENT ANGST?

You will have seen the scenes of the uprisings in Greece catalysed by the death of a young Greek lad in Athens at the hands of the State a few days ago. Whilst I confess to a touch of romanticism about the events, I am not naive about the complex mixture of motives coursing through the veins of those involved in such adrenalin-fueled activity. Indeed in Chania on Crete the other night it was difficult to be detached from the emotion. It must be said though that the targets for the crowd’s anger were the symbols of capitalist greed and corruption, the banks, many of which were trashed. Hardly any other buildings were touched, except, unfortunately, a public cafe.

This said, the purpose of this note is to draw your attention to an Open Letter produced by young people  in the middle of the drama, which has been circulated widely in Greece. The piece loses something in the translation  and yet….

WE WANT A BETTER WORLD! HELP US

We are no terrorists, hoodies, the known – unknowns

WE ARE YOUR CHILDREN! These known – unknowns…

We are dreaming – don’t kill our dreams!
We are impetuous – don’t quell our impetuosity

REMEMBER! You used to be young too.
Now you only chase money, you only worry about your image!
You have grown fat and bald.

YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN!

We were expecting you to stand by us .We were expecting you to care.
To make us proud of YOU just for once.

IN VAIN!

You are living fake lives, you have given in, you stoop and are just waiting for the day you die.
You are not using your imagination, you are not falling in love, you are not creating. You only buy and sell.

MATERIALISM EVERYWHERE! LOVE NOWHERE ! TRUTH NOWHERE!

Where are the parents? Where are the artists? Why are they not coming out to protect us?

THEY ARE KILLING US! HELP US!

TA PAIDIA [THE KIDS]

PS: Don’t throw any more teargas. WE CAN CRY FOR OURSELVES!

I have seen this plea derided as adolescent angst – perhaps youth workers might resist this easy put-down? Without doubt the situation is complex and contradictory, but whilst the response of Greek youth would not be regarded as a positive activity in many circles, it holds out more hope, however frail, than a million accredited outcomes.

As ever the struggle does continue.


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