By Nikos Kotzias *
In today’s world there is a plethora of perceptions. In politics as well. But as a trend, I would single out two. Not that everyone who moves in one of them has all its characteristics. These are two perceptions that form two different worlds. Everyone can recognize themselves in one of these worlds, or at least in parts of one.
One of the differences between the carriers of an inspired perception of the world and a mediocre one is that the former have a vision and understand their era. The latter want to secure their “chair”.
The former have knowledge, culture, experience, intuition. They seek to discern new problems, develop a strategy and want to move the country forward. The latter manage power. They are encircled in a closed circle of oligarchs and slaves.
The former count their worth with problems. They try to “become taller”, to learn, to research, to work harder in order to solve them. The latter are possessed by insecurity towards the different, trying to undermine anyone who seems to have five more things to say. They dislike the different and hate the better.
The former clearly state their opinion. They fighting for it. They defend it and when necessary they modify it, complete it, correct it, remaining faithful to dreams, values and principles. They form a strategic direction for the country. The latter are lost in their own devices. In fact, when they feel the need to and it is in their interest, they abandon values and principles on the battlefield that they did not give. They have no useful ideas for the country and that is why they hide behind the media controled by the trolls.
The former have a lot to say, to tell, to explain to suggest. They face social and patriotic problems face to face. They melt in their attempt to solve them, to find answers. They are carriers of solutions. They might shed their blood in order to find them, promote them creatively. The latter hide their spiritual-political poverty behind gossip, malice, cheap lies. When the country is facing great difficulties, they disorient with scandals. They do not seek to solve problems. They defend what is theirs. They are a problem for the country.
The former have inspiration. They support all forms of human creative action. They want society to become rich in education, culture, care. To protect the environment and contribute to its renewal. The latter underestimate the educated people. They do not want “culture” to escape from the narrow confines of a dark circle, and from the quality and direction it has inside.
The former are proud of the country, patriots, in solidarity with other peoples. They believe and fight for the rights of the country wherever it is needed. The latter are carriers of racism, introversion, submissiveness.
The former have empathy for their fellow citizens. Their problems. Their sorrows and misery. They may cry when they see beauty, pain, injustice. The latter want to spread fear, insecurity, instability.
The former believe that solving the problems requires more democracy, consultation, dialogue. That in society the culture of discussion, of understanding and of the fight where it is needed must prevail. The latter rely on authoritarianism, the arbitrariness of: I order and decide, in an effort to abolish the democratic and social rights of the people and its youth.
The former want to supported by and support the worthy, the talented, the hardworking and the active, to “tie” them to a great current for change in Greece. They believe in the potential of the country and its people. Man is the focus of all their thoughts and hopes. The latter do not believe in man. They trust only the market. It is as if people are not sacrificed for their family and homeland, for their child and their parent, but for the market, for a curve, a product of a function of “rational choice”.
The former believe in an emotional world. They believe in love, in faith, in solidarity. In a hug and a caress. The latter believe that everything has a price and can be bought and sold. If the former trust people, the latter are skeptical of them.
The former believe that all people are equal, but also different. They consider man to be a social being. There are no people outside of society. They need to be given equal opportunities, and of course they have an individual responsibility for what they do and what they don’t do. Even hermits are a product of society and have been described by social history and literature. On the contrary, the latter believe that all people are unequal. That man is not a social being, but a lonely being who is in a place where the laws of the jungle only apply.
The former are progressive, the latter conservative, even far-right. The former are fighting for a different society, the latter are seeking to climb up on the back of society.
PS1. In politics I have had and still have, among other things, the following principles:
- A) There is no politics, and what’s more a leftist one, without emotion. Cynicism is not of the left.
- B) There is no politics without ethics.
- C) Criticism, which can be harsh, should be about opinions, not personal insults./ibna
* Nikos Kotzias is a former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, University Professor of International Relations and Foreign Policy and President of the “Pratto” Ideas and Action Movement.