Dialog- and not Democracy- is the greatest Greek gift to mankind
I would trade just one swim on an afternoon in September for a whole week of swims at noon in August. Same beach, same bikinis, same tent, same cash availability; same outcome: September beats August and afternoon beats noon in swimming pleasure. It’s the bitter sweetness which lurks in September afternoons. It’s Greece making public her most precious secret: humans need to accept the supremacy of the dialog in their life. September is the conclusion of a dialog between August and October. October said: we do not care for so much heat and blinding light. And August said OK but we do not care for much rain either.
The afternoon is the conclusion of a dialogue between day and night. The day said: it’s great to look at all those gorgeous figures, to see and be seen, to chat and skirmish flirtingly. And the night said: OK but that entire outward stance will dry you out. You need the serenity of night, time to sit and breathe and relax and do your daily ration of soul searching. A September afternoon at the beach is the conclusion of a dialog between soaking life with all your senses under the intensity of the Greek sun and turning inwards to discuss things with yourself or your closest friends in the discretion of the silent Greek night.
The greatest gift Greece made to mankind is not Democracy, or Theater, or Philosophy. All those are derivatives of the Dialogue which is the really important gift of the Greeks. This capacity to see opposing perspectives and to get past them to a synthesis is what we call dialectic process. If you endorse it in life you are equipped to endure difficulties and to keep your cool in successes. If you endorse it in politics you acquire a broader spectrum of reference and also a broader social impact and appeal. If you endorse it in human contact you open to more people and so you open more to friendship and love, to fulfillment and happiness in life.
It’s good to remember all that today when a very negative stance has “the floor”. Inevitably a positive stance will follow. People may be all gloom. But not life. Life is unintentional and as a result full of opportunities for this and that according to our perspective.But on dialog and the dialectic process, with your permission, I will return.
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