segunda-feira, 21 de maio de 2007

The 12 Basic Hellenic Characteristics


1. Hellenic Paideia – Παιδεία –, and the ability to understand the abstract Hellenic meanings and ideas in their full depth.

2. Polytheistic perspective of Cosmos – self creation, non-linear time, multiplicity of the Divine…

3. Eleutheroprepeia – Ελευθεροπρεπεία –, and Parrhesia – Παρρεσία: to stand and act as a free person.
The status of the free has to be proven in an everyday basis.

4. Tolerance – Επιεικεία – and Understanding – Καταληψις – for all the other ethnic cultures.
Dialectical and reasonable word → Λόγος.

5. Eugeneia – Ευγενεία –, Eunomia – Ευνομία –, and Euseveia – Ευσεβεία: harmonious personal and socio-political ways. Respect for the Divine.

6. Constant awareness and desire for the Excellent – Aristevein – Αριστεβείν.

7. Bravery – Ανδρεία –, and Fearlessness – Αφοβία.

8. «Kata physin zein» – κατα φύσιν ζειν: living according to the Natural Laws, familiarity with the human body, high ecological conscience.

9. Prudence – Φρόνησις –, disinterestedness – εαυτοΰ καταφρόνησις –, and frugality – Λιτότης.

10. Direct democracy, Panarchy – Παναρχή – full socio-political participation –, emphasis on the socio-political rather than on the private element of everyday life.

11. Personal and ethnical self-knowledge, the «know yourself» saying – γνώθι σεαυτόν –, for both the individual and the ethnos.

12. Polymereia – Πολυμερεία – multifacetedness – and industriousness – Φιλοτεχνία.

… How much farther away from our «founding fathers» can we stand yet?…

RIC

14 comentários:

ny disse...

brilliant!!! ;)

Tongzhi disse...

Ai home, tu matas-me!!!!
Tenho de ler isto com mais calma...

RIC disse...

Olá Ny!
Thanks a lot! You're most kind indeed... :-)

RIC disse...

É a minha vingança por me tratares abaixo de sócrates!!! Levas com a Acrópole inteirinha em cima que te lixas! Rsrsrs!
Saudações orangotânguicas! :-)

Maurice disse...

RIC,

DEpois da apresentação de uma candidata... a subtil proposta de uns convenientes supostos fundamentais para a administração da pólis?? :)

Abraço

RIC disse...

Olá maurice!
Não tinha visto a «coisa» nessa perspectiva, mas concordo contigo... Faz falta um pouco da mente pagã para dar algum equilíbrio à judaico-cristã. E quem melhor que os gregos para nos darem uma ajudinha?...
Um abraço! :-)

T-Bird disse...

Well that stupid idiot stinking up the white house is giving your proposition a go. Bush and his crime family government HATE America, HATE Americans, and HATE anything that smells of rule of law, democracy, and all things good and decent in human nature (i.e. much of what you describe). He is the ugliest vermin there is – easily a match for any human filth that any other nation can match up against him in a race to the bottom of human nature.

Left you a nice comment on the Limelite post. Cheers. Cat is fed (0ne can).

Minge disse...

Not much farther, I don't think. Though, of course, anything is possible.

Look at this:

http://fabulousminge.blogspot.com/2007/05/portugal.html

Recognise anything?

RIC disse...

Hello Will!
That's exactly why I decided to do this post: generally speaking, we're somehow forgotten of what democracy really stands for... Which means we all should do an upgrade by going back to basics - Ancient Greece!
Thanks a lot for caring so well for Kristeva! But never forget: she's a feline, with a mind of her own!... :-)
A great week for you!

RIC disse...

Dear Minge, thank you so very much for that moving post!... I did like it very much.
Maybe my question is not so well put, but what I mean is that we in the western world have become quite distant from the values and principles that true democracy implies. One of these days we may be living in a parliamentary dictatorship without even noticing it...
Best wishes, dear fabulous friend! :-)

JoeL disse...

Selfishness, power and money.

Me, myself and I.

That's what the problem is.

RIC disse...

Bonjour, mon cher Joël!
Ça va? Même avant que je le puisse oublier, il faut que je te dise que mon adresse de couriel n'est plus valable; tu en trouveras un autre sur la page de mon profil.
Egoïsme, pouvoir et argent, voilà l'affreuse trinité de nos jours...
Un de ces jours nous vivrons en pleine dictature parlementaire sans que même pas on en s'aperçoive...
Merci bien, mon cher!
Je pense à toi! :-)

Minge disse...

A parliamentary dictatorship, indeed. Just look at turnouts in recent elections. I think we should be like Australia where voting is compulsory.

Check out the Scottish Parliament. We have a minority government just now. How democratic is that?

RIC disse...

Quite true, Minge! I agree with you: voting should be compulsory, doubtlessly, due to the lack of active citizenship. As far as I know, it is in Belgium and in Brazil as well.
Then again, we have here an absolute «socialist« (ah, ah! Lol!) majority in Parliament, and the «show» couldn't be of a worse quality...
Hugs! :-)