The mobile phone in Greek Society, an “extension”to the human identity

The mobile phone is not a “Greek invention”, and it was never used extensively when it first appeared in the market place approximately 20 years ago.These facts are fully understandable if one takes into consideration that Greece is not an industrially developed country,and at the same time its socio-economic structures are not comparable to the highly developed and multidimensional systems which are in place in the developed countries of Western Europe, in the United States and in Japan. Nevertheless, during the last five years, Greek citizens of all ages and economic backgrounds have endorsed the mobile phone in their every day life to such a degree that it has evolved into an addiction and a paranoia in contrast to what exists in the developed societies of the world.I assume that there are many reasons for this extreme facet concerning the use of the mobile phone in Greece;we shall examine here three of these reasons.

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A letter to a good friend (Part A)

My dearest friend, in the past, I have written letters to your husband and children to advise them how to behave towards you when you were having difficulties physically and mentally. Always taking a risk because I was both direct and precise. I have also written letters to your children to advise them how to handle themselves and how to treat life in general in order to feel more calm and strong when they confront society΄s lies and hypocricy; protecting their health and soul. Similarly, I have written to you and your husband, expressing various thoughts and concerns when your children were starting their studies abroad. These letters were meant to be warnings more than advice, being aware of the real dangers due to your children΄s attitudes and habits. Most of these warnings were ignored by all of you due to egotism and complacency, and of course every time the consequences were painful for all, and especially for your children. In the course of time the aftereffects will become even more evident and harsh. Nevertheless, after so much advice and so many dire experiences, it seems that you have learned very little or you pretend ignorance. You keep on defending vehemently a dislocated and an unnatural way of life, that of society΄s “virtual reality”.

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The fox΄s secret

thumbprincefox_largeThe following lines from Chapter 21 of the children΄s tale “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint Exupery(1900-1944), describe the conversation between the “wise” fox and an “alien” boy,the little prince,explaining to the young boy the true meaning of life.The French writer in this story has used the personality of the “alien” boy to present us with many truths about our lost innocence and the opportunities we still have to come to respect once again the “sanctity” of life. The illustrations in the book are the writer΄s.

And he(the little prince) went back to meet the fox: “Goodbye,” he said. “Goodbye,” said the fox .”And now here is my secret,a very simple secret:It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” “What is essential is invisible to the eye,” the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember. “It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.” “It is the time I have wasted for my rose…” said the little prince, so that he would be sure to remember. “Men have forgotten this truth,” said the fox.”But you must not forget it.You became responsible forever, for what you have tamed.You are responsible for your rose…” “I am responsible for my rose,”the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.

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Globalization in Crisis

Today, many economists and social scientists have expressed the opinion that too much emphasis has been given to the whole concept of “globalization”during recent years. These intellectuals point to the fact that in one way or another, globalization has existed since ancient times, beginning with the Persian Empires and the Hellenistic Empires, and later on the various Roman Empires. Their position could be said is an accurate one within an economic or even an administrative context, but it is not quite accurate within a socio-cultural or anthropological context. The recent version of “globalization”which was initiated by the United States after WWII, not only aimed at controlling most of the world economically and administratively, it went much further and was much more “satanic”.

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A letter to a friend (a personal letter which will follow). Introduction

This personal letter is directed to a real live person, a very good friend for almost twenty years. We became very close friends, as well as with her husband, first of all because I gave to her two sons the best of me as their private tutor, starting from late childhood up to the very difficult teenage years. As her husband had said many times, I was a different type of teacher, one who functioned on the ideals of ancient Greece, not only promoting the sanctity of knowledge but also the importance of freedom- freedom of expression and freedom of thought. My points of reference were always the spiritual and intellectual world of the children. I do not expect my friend to read this letter, due to various circumstances, but I would like it to serve as a sociological testament concerning today΄s human “craziness” which is quickly engulfing all social groups and all families, in most of the “developed” and “developing” countries of the world. I believe that a real and personal description of simple everyday human exchanges can better demonstrate the true existential condition of society than a “scientific” study whose essence is a one-dimensional dogmatic view of life based on established norms and values.

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Children and Parents

thumbgibr11The following verses have been taken from the poetic work “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran(1883-1931), a modern poet who greatly influenced the generation of the 60s in the West. He helped this generation in its existential efforts to understand better the meaning of life and the meaning of human relations beyond the established social roles and morality.
“…Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life΄s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you. And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,which you cannot visit,not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you, for life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday….”

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