The only way to learn if we can swim is to jump in the water… (announcement by the occupied Theatre school in Thessaloniki)

From After the Greek Riots

The only way to learn if we can swim is to jump in the water…

If we could keep something from last December this is the end of silence. The social explosion was not alone on the streets of Greece, but it came out together with the need for dialogue. The fact, which we are told for years now that “democracy” has no dead ends, was proven brutally to be a cheap lie of the authority. The dead ends are a lot. They materialize in the tenths of our day-to-day problems, in our society’s sickness.

So what can we do as a society? Shall we continue to put trust on the them and their lies?

There is a way out of this system which destroys our life, a system whose only function is to reproduce and to manage the corruption that is originally created by it. The way out can be found to each one separately and to everyone together. As long as we can still listen to the message coming out from the insurrection of December 2008.

Which message?

The only way that we can initiate the liberation from the dark reality is to begin deciding by ourselves the matters that concern ourselves. We must realise that the logic “vote every four years and I will do the best for you”, is the logic which reproduces this rotten regime.

We all have a portion of responsibility for our lives and for the societies we live in.

As long as we recognise these responsibilities and take the steps leading to the final cut of the umbilical cord that ties us with the authority, we can begin changing the scenery around us with steady moves… with our goal being, at the right moment, to get rid of the destructive institutions like the parliamentary-representative democracy and to create new ones which will be based on the equal participation of everyone.

These paths were opened since the last December. And these are the paths which we are obligated to continue walking on without fear. In each space, in each neighbour, in the schools and in the universities, in the working spaces, in our stance for the immigrants, in our view about environment… in everything that concern our life.

We prefer to decide for our lives ourselves, even if we make mistakes.

Then these mistakes will be ours too. We will learn, we will move forward, we will really stand on our feet as a society…



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