PRACTICAL DEFENCE AGAINST PIRACY
Chapter Two, pages 64-67
We continue with Alexandra looking for pirate-stabbing promises from her father, demonstrating her acrobatic prowess, and ending up “okay.”
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Sya asked (a couple weeks ago (I was writing it on and off)) for a modern Greek rant so here I am cause boy do I have a bone to pick with this fucking culture, country and people.
This will probably out of order and with poor formatting to really give you the Greek experience™ (also because I get angry and don't want to reformat all this fucking bullshit).
Note, this is obviously a generalization, and I'm just talking about my own, PERSONAL view of this shithole.
And I'm well aware people elsewhere have it worse. But I'm here, so I'll bitch about this country here.
So. Let's start with the obsession over our history.
Is it a very rich history and was it the base for what has now evolved to the concept of the Western World? Yes.
Was ancient Greece also filled with rampant pedophilia, slavery, sexism and corruption? Abso-fucking-lutely.
Did modern-Greeks fought tooth to nail against the Nazis and made them bleed in ways no one expected from our tiny, shitty little nation? Yes.
Did also half the country sold their own families over to the Nazis for a loaf of bread during the occupation (both the Nazi one and the Ottoman before it)? Or even for not even that? Also yes.
Most will call Greece, and specifically Athens, the birthplace of democracy. BUT! It was a democracy for those that were considered citizens, aka male Athenians. Women where "encouraged" to never leave the houses/mansions. And slaves were, well, slaves.
Anyway, the democracy Athens boasted about is no more, unless you can call democracy a few families running over and over for head of state and a police force that feels more and more Americanized by the year (I do not need to say that this is a bad thing, right?).
Speaking of bastards, cops seem to be one of the most well equipped forces in the public sector, along with the army (we'll get to those fuckers later). Here are some posts (1) (2) (3) that I made during fire season (I was foaming from the mouth when I made those, hence the language and caps).
Take note how in the 1st one, it's a motherfucking cop that is pissing on the fire (also remember his division, ΔΙ.ΑΣ, it will be relevant later).
On the 2nd one you can see where the money is actually going during fire season.
And I linked the 3rd one to see the hellscape that was the 2021 fires.
Btw, this year, we got about 5000 or so (I can't recall the exact number) priests being hired in the public sector, comparative to only around 500 hired in the special forces of the firefighters.
Also during the first quarantines, a ton of firefighters were laid down, allegedly for refusing to wear masks. Which would make sense, only by 2021 the whole force was and is understaffed and then we got one of the worse Attica fires to date (2021).
"But Mara, they had a reason to fire them!" Yeah, I agree. What I don't agree with is that they never fucking hired or trained replacements, while they kept hiring more and more and more and more cops.
There are constant, and I mean all day —can't tell about the night, I don't live near— anti-riot units in the center of Athens.
A cop shot and killed a teen in 2008. And for all the shit I give Greeks, they are insanely protective of their kids and close friends so the 2008 riots (Wikipedia article here) lit the city on fire.
The killer was convicted in 2010 and he walked fucking FREE in 2019.
I can promise you that if the riots didn't happen, he would still be "serving" as a cop.
In terms of LGBTQ treatment from the police, here's the Wikipedia article for Zak's murder.
And another post of mine doing a partial translation of an interview from a Greek trans woman.
That should tell you everything about the LGBTQ-cops relationship.
Oh btw, remember that ΔΙ.ΑΣ unit? About a month ago they were accused of raping a woman inside their fucking department in Omonoia (<- Athens' center).
And they generally have a reputation of violence almost equal to the riot unit. I always get the urge to spit when seeing them.
So, now that we've covered politics and cops, let's go to those who enable them, the people.
Biggest characteristic, their passion about their history (minus the bad, of course). So passionate in fact, that the modern Greek seems to forget that modern Greece is younger that the freaking US.
Greece got it's independence from the Turks/Ottomans at 1821. We were under the Byzantines before them, which while they were culturally Greek, the rule was a remnant of the Roman Empire, which we were also under before the change (mainly in name) to the Byzantine Empire.
What I'm getting at is that the modern Greek is mainly proud about achievements that happened literally thousands of years ago. And even if you count the Byzantine Empire as Greek (it's too complicated for my non-historian ass to actually explain), the Ottomans tried their absolute best to "cleanse" and integrate Greeks into Turkish customs.
And you know, they almost did manage that. A ton of what you'll hear are traditional Greek dishes and sweets have their bases in Ottoman cuisine. "Greek coffee" is literally the coffee Ottomans brought during the occupation.
MY POINT! IS! That modern Greeks are so far evolved/disconnected from our ancestors that using them as their whole personality is insane, stupid and gives of "superior race" vibes.
And so. with being a proud Greek, comes the racism. At work, I might be able to sneak in a black or middle eastern person on the side of the posters/ads. If I put an Asian, the phone will ring the moment they see it and I will be commanded to remove them from the image.
Like, even if being a casually racist fuck wasn't bad, Greeks are one of the biggest migrant peoples in the fucking west. How in the shit have you returned from England, Romania, Italy, France and most of Europe and USA and still be a racist bastard?
Racism and being way to proud of ancestry aside, let's go to religion!
Greece is heavily Orthodox. Most will attempt to say that religion is not tied to the state and that the Orthodox Church is just one of many. Yeah, fuck no, it isn't. Religion and education are bunched in the same ministry (Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs) and I don't think I need to say how not "not tied to the state" that is, right?
Anyhow, the Church did give shelter to the rebels during the 1821 rebellion (against the Ottomans) and now they still rub it in the face of the public during speeches. Like, "Remember, you own us your freedom, now hire us with taxpayers' money and also except us from taxes, thanks xoxo." and then driving off in their BMWs.
The Church having such a hold on the country is also one of the reasons why it's such a slog to have any sort of progress. The people listen to the Church first, the government second.
Sexism, racism, homophobia, patriarchy, toxic masculinity and anti-scientific rhetorics thrive here because that's what the Church preaches. And has preached for as long as it has had power.
I was the first generation that was able to be excused from "religious studies" (aka Orthodox brainwashing) and I was the only kid that its parents asked to be removed. Not in my year, but in the whole school (primary education is 6 years here).
As 6-12 year olds we were dragged to attend service every fucking week. Literal country-wide brainwashing.
The day I'm writing this part is 17/11, the day when the 1967-1974 Junta assaulted Polytechnic and we are expecting a march. So, speaking of marches, riots and people trying to have a say in their country, let me point you at the 2015 Greek bailout referendum.
A country wide vote to for the people to decide if we should accept the bailout conditions concerning the debt crisis. I was barely 19, depressed and understood very little about politics, but what was clear is that this was (supposed) to be a decision taken by the people, not the politicians.
I voted No (weather I was right to do so or not is irrelevant), along with 61.31% of the voting population.
Take a wild guess what the government did. That's right, agreed with the bailout conditions. What? You thought they'd listen to a clear, legal vote from the people? Nope.
At least they resigned after, only the agreement had already been sealed.
And you know, I do love this country.
I love that you can find ruins in almost every corner.
I love the little villages in the mountains.
I love that white, sun bleached rock that's characteristic of our islands.
I love the myths.
I love how I can just walk to the source of the river Styx, how I can climb to the top of the actual Mount Olympus, see and walk on top of Zeus throne (and have done so a couple times <- this is a public flex and i deserve it).
I love how the air feels in the mountains and the soil that has been cultivated for thousands of years.
I love the rivers and their thin, small canyons.
I love the wild, fierce wind of the islands.
I genuinely love this land, and I hate the country.