Editorial: Solidarity is not enough
The shocking pictures of the endless lines and commotion for a bag of vegetables that we saw in the past few days reveal the true survival problem…
The shocking pictures of the endless lines and commotion for a bag of vegetables that we saw in the past few days reveal the true survival problem that thousands of our fellow citizens face.
Finances might be improving, there might be some indication that the economy has finally hit rock bottom and is on the uphill path to growth, but all this does not affect the hundreds of thousands of unemployed, especially in the big cities, who continue to live under the poverty line.
It is a fact that aside from the occasional or unionist initiatives, Greek society has demonstrated in many instances its capacity for solidarity. Churches, municipalities – such as Athens – and citizen groups have been trying to help out the hungry, the weak, the victims of the crisis.
It is obvious that this help is not enough relief for a society in suffering.
Although Greece has considerable funds set aside for welfare, despite the huge cutbacks, it is clear that they are not enough, at least for those who truly need support.
The state must revise its priorities and prioritize its expense in order to be able to offer relief to those suffering the hardest from the crisis.
Obviously these currently necessary solutions cannot address the root of the problem.
It is but a breath of fresh air, but not a real solution to the problem; while most of our fellow citizens in suffering may need our solidarity, what they need more than anything is a job.
Only if the real economy begins to grow again, as it seems to be the case, will investments be made, so that unemployment may be reduced and the gap in Greek society today begins to shrink.
The path we have ahead of us is going to be uphill and difficult.
We must all make sure – especially the state – that the path is less painful for those who were caught in the whirlpool of the crisis…