Waking up to a day where individuals are pushed to commit suicide as a last resort to the financial cul-de-sac, there is not much else left to hope for. A 77 year old man, a retired pharmacist, shot himself in front of the Greek Parliament, at Plateia Syntagmatos ( ironically enough, Constitution Square) this morning. “So I won’t leave debts for my children”, his last words before pulling the trigger.01
Back home, after yet another power grid failure, following the explosion of the main power station ( July 11th 2011), we have not yet left the Dark Ages 02.
Thousands of hopeless messages, shocking news reports and opportunist financial advisors have been streaming through the internet and appearing on my laptop screen for the past two years. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but why are we allowing media to define our mood? Are our daily struggles not bad enough to cope with? Do I need a mindless tube broadcasting misery and despair 24/7? When the media and the governments control and project a situation that presses for urgent intervention, why do they act so shocked when people react so extremely?
What if amidst the grave times we live in, there was a newspaper delivered to our doorstep every day, announcing events that promote humanity? Would that invigorate our belief to a better future? What if 10% of all international, national, regional media reported positive news, things that indeed go well because of an individual’s initiative or community action? How different would our outlook towards the reality we have to face be?
Is there any hope left in hoping for something different?
Can optimism become the norm again?