There are two different events, which are occurring on opposite sides of “The Pond”, as some call it, today. The U.S. is facing Japan in the Women’s World Cup Finals, in Canada, and Greece is having its LOSE-LOSE Referendum on the Euro bail-out proposal, a proposal that had been withdrawn early this past week. So, tell me again what they are voting for. Does anyone really know? Where else but in Greece–or in Europe–could this dilemma be languishing so long?
The linked article, from the Washington Post, has an interesting take, which combines the two topics–soccer, as we call it, but football to the rest of the world, and the Greek Debt Negotiations. To an extent, the article has two components which, oddly enough, reflect both the fun and the exhilaration of world class athletics, and the serious side of dysfunctional mismanagement of a country–and, to an extent, an entire continent.
Whether or not you actually read the entire article, be sure to watch the 1974 Monty Python video, which pits Germany and Greece. There are certainly many of your favorite stars of years past, past…past in the game. And, just to combine the soccer elements with the debt crisis, do try to read at least a little of the article. The link is as follows: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/07/04/a-hilarious-monty-python-sketch-explains-why-greece-is-in-a-huge-crisis/.
Hoping not to ruin the video for you, it “robes-up” a All-Star Greek team that includes: Plato (#1); Aristotle (#3); Socrates (#10); and Archimedes (#11); and many other greats of years gone very-by. And, for the German team, we have: Kant (#2); Hegel (#3); Nietzsche (#10) and Heidegger (#11), among many of your other favorites. As the old saying goes, its truly a match made in Heaven–or somewhere.
In previous posts on the European Union, the Eurozone (the countries sharing the common currency) and the whole bail-out issue, I have consistently harped on the fact that all that the collegial European do is meet and talk. And, they have been discussing how to bail Greece out for five and a half years. In the Germany-Greek (video) match-up on the field, all they do until the last few minutes is talk and, then, they argue about what happened. When Socrates scores, Hegel, Kant and Marx, protest to Confucius (of all people) that Socrates was offside. Try watching this video with a straight face!
The accompanying story describes the somewhat different schools of philosophical thought between Germany and Greece and, perhaps, also between the millennia that separates the players from these two “teams”. Give it a shot and maybe–by getting inside their philiophical mindset–you’ll get something out of the article. And if not, you might just fit-in with the various Eurozone finance ministers who have been trying to figure the whole Greek debt crisis out.