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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 14 September 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2019 19 YOUR SAY Here’s what our readers on Facebook thought about: YOUR WORDS. YOUR VOICE. Greeks and suicide Mezza Dee Whilst there are a multitude of reasons for contemplating ending one’s life, certainly socioeconomic pressure is huge and has a ripple effect. It’s important to teach our children that it’s okay to be just content, and not to seek happiness through financial success and accumulating material objects. Strong relationships , empathy and building resilience is a solid foundation for the rollercoaster ride of life. We can’t be happy 100 per cent of the time, and if we only strive for this, we’ll never be content either. Anna Hathis We have become a demoralised, disconnected and delusional society. We have lost what really matters in a world of superficiality and commercialism. Even empathy and kindness have fallen victim because they are not sexy enough to market. Anthoula Paraskeva Strong family relations are so important ... parents being very aware of their children and every change in their behaviour/character and the children willing to talk to their parents about the matters that are important or problematic in their lives! Vangelis Kandounakis People need support, not criticism and taxes or personal and social neglect... The mere fact that there is suicidality proves there is a problem not with people but with a tendency in modern economic societies towards strictness in all aspects of everyday life and complete isolation of a number of people. Modern societies condemn asking for help and deem it a sign of weakness that people should refrain from in personal social work relations etc. However long research has proven that we need to ask for help and comfort from others who are important to us... Our focus on modern political systems had to shift from simply money and markets to the well-being of people and better supportive societies ... Food for thought Eleni Athinodorou Any data that can come our way will help in setting up preventative programs for our Greek communities across Australia. Constantinos Golfinopoulos This soil is yours and ours. It is where our ancestors’ bones are buried. We do not abandon our rights. Diaspora vote John Tsakalidis Mind you, some have been here for thirty to fifty years and have never been back. Why should they have a say? Νικήτας Αυγ John Tsakalidis I voted this year while I was there. John Tsakalidis Νικήτας Αυγ I don’t disagree with voting when in Greece Νικήτας Αυγ John Tsakalidis, even though I’ve never lived there? LOL I don’t know if you’d be happy with who I voted for though... John Tsakalidis Νικήτας Αυγ, not sure, maybe people who are overseas for less than five or ten years should vote. After that, I think there will be one party pooling all the votes and swinging the elections in Greece. I love the diaspora, but we don’t live the reality. What about referendum votes etc? How terrible would it be if we vote for or against austerity when there will be no impact on us. Νικήτας Αυγ John Tsakalidis, you’d hope that the diaspora would vote with a sense of “in case I moved back”, for those that would make the country better, rather than any other way. Nick Maroubra Hard one. Only the diaspora have a GREXIT view. Local Greeks have tunnel vision (about Greece’s standing within Europe). They would never (for instance) go back to the drachma, which can be devalued to boost trade and tourism. But the diaspora think Greece getting out of the EU is a good thing. Aussie Greeks are more positive and against stymieing Socialism. On the other hand, local Greeks are more in tune with everyday life, sensitivities with neighbours, and referendums. Being from Lesvos, all I know is the rot has set in with refugees...13,000 now on the island. They get paid €400 a month to “do the devil’s work,with their idle hands”. 700 Mytilineans get paid a wage to look after them. The supermarkets and shops make more money with the extra people... So there is resistance from some local Greeks as they like the present situation. But it’s not Greece anymore. People are afraid at night, property is vandalised and there is litter everywhere. When the EU turns a blind eye to protecting Greece’s borders, you have a real problem,and Greek politicians need to be stronger on that. Greece is on a dog leash to Brussels. Write your comments on our social media pages and see them publicised here... Photo of the week The owner of this vehicle is a fellow Greek who for years lived in Australia, but always longed to return to Greece. However after finally returning, the sentiment has since reversed ... he now misses Australia! So he decided to imprint his nostalgia on the back of his ute. Sent to us from the streets of Athens by @nikosm21 Many of our readers on ins- tagram described the photo as pure 'gold', and fruit_for_you noted the extra dimension that the McDonalds added to the photo. "Grass is always Greener!" wrote rollypollym. "I envy those who have the best of both worlds!" Do you have a photo that you'd like us to feature as our Photo of the Week? Send your photos to email@example.com As seen on the streets of Athens. Mezza Dee Νικήτας Αυγ or some who are jaded will just vote without conscience. Abe Hercules Yes, the same corrupted malakes will be voted in. Johnny Kara Only Greek citizens living abroad should be eligible. Paps Anastasia Maybe all of us Greek Australians living in Greece took a closer interest on Australian politics and all of us turn up at the embassy to cast our vote. There are over 150,000 of us here, and we would love to change the outcome of your elections, too. Mind you I have no idea who is currently the prime minister of Australia but hey, if l can vote why not? And the same applies for all Australian citizens abroad. Who cares if my vote has a negative impact on your life. Who cares if I’ve been away for more than 36 years and have only come back once. Deal with it. I have citizenship and I can change your life without a second thought. Νικήτας Αυγ John Tsakalidis you’d hope that the diaspora would vote with a sense of “in case I moved back”, for those that would make the country better, rather than any other way. Nick Maroubra Paps Anastasia frivolous Greeks and their voting habits have done wonders to Greece the last 10 years. But in all seriousness you are correct, they are two different countries and to understand, you need to live locally. I travel to Greece annually and don’t like to see Greeks suffer, and will offer my humble opinion on perhaps making things better... But when you see so many obese people, and see taverna’s packed (after the tourists have gone), you wonder, is life that bad? Let sleeping dogs lie, I say. We don’t need to be welcomed, and we can spend less of our tourists $$$ there and more in better places. Paps Anastasia Nick Maroubra, feeling welcomed by no means include the right to vote and have a say in the way a country is governed. There are plenty of foreign tourists who aren’t granted voting rights. They too spend their money in Greece. Should they not also vote? Τι λέμε τώρα; Plus my humble opinion was that Gough Whitlam was a great leader so if l vote down under l think I’d vote for the Labor party because that’s what l remember from 50 years ago. Great mentality don’t you think?
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