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The ideal state is …

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“The one where the law is above all and there is NONE above the law.”

Vias of Priene (ancient Greek Ionia-modern day Turkey)

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“The one whose citizens are neither too wealthy, nor too poor.”

Thales of Militus (ancient Greek Ionia-modern day Turkey)

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“The one where virtue is honored and malice is hated.”

Periander of Korinth (Peloponese)

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“The one where state office is always given to the virtuous and never to the evil and malcontent.”

Pittacus of Lesbos (Greek Island in the Norhtern Agean sea)

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“The one where its citizens are more afraid of accusation than punishment.”

Cleovoulos of Rhodes (Greek Island in the Norhtern Agean sea)

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“The one where the laws are honored more than the rhetors (or orators).”

Chilon of Lacedaemon (also known as Sparta)

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“The one where an offence against a citizen, is concidered as an offence against the whole state.”

Solon of Athens (The father and creator of the Athenian Democracy)

Please meditate on such truths, if you will. It would do us all good to remember them the next time we choose to vote for a politician or a political party.

Or … why we shall NEVER have REAL Democracy!

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There are two words that are used interchangeably to express the same meaning: that of Democracy.

As you may already know, these are the words “Democracy” — from the Greek ‘DIMOKRATIA’ — and Republic — from the Latin ‘REPUBLICA.

Although they seem to have the same meaning, they are vastly different and so are the effects of their use in a state.

As you also may know, Democracy was used in Ancient Athens (NOT Greece, as is falsely believed, there was NO Ancient Greece in general, only different free, independent states). According to the regime, which was given birth in a way that we are still not exactly sure of, the people of the City-State of Athens, were voting for every major issue, subject or problem that occurred and the will of the majority was the rule of the city in every subject that a vote was given for. …

I am not strange. Strange is the world that can not cope with diversity …

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Mary is a student of the 3rd grade in the elementary school. The story is recounted by her teacher and I want to share it with you.

She is one of those kids that, although clever and good students, they create discomfort to all those around them. She seems to live in another world, makes noise, uses things in her own “abnormal” (for the rest of us) way. She is constantly searching her schoolbag as if she is trying to find something mysterious in there. …

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There is a story I want to tell

About a place, the Rainbow Hotel

Where only strange people dwell

A strange fragrance, you can smell.

You’ll find this place, or maybe not

Sometimes in deserts very hot

Sometimes in places very cold

Like in a story with a strange plot.

You’ll search, and then you’ll search again

A treasure hunt for a precious gem

A writer looking for the perfect pen

To write a story of another realm

And then again, you’ll maybe find

A lonely man who’s been long blind

But he can see all with his mind

He says your search’s of the wrong kind. …

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Why there was such a big shift from the early Church? The big misunderstanding.

Most of us — Christian or not — have heard the way the early Church of Jesus Christ lived and behaved in a way that has not been immitated (mostly) in the centuries to come. It still is a strange phenomenon, selling what you have, IF YOU WANT, and placing it “on the feet of the apostles” so that noone among them would have need of anything.

We tend to attribute such a behaviour to the zeal of the first believers and to the reign of the Holly Spirit in the Church (which would mean that the Holly Spirit DOES NOT reign in today’s Church, but that is for another article), but would it be so? Was it just a spiritual guidance that made the first Church so vastly different than today’s or was it something more? …

Bear with me I am Greek!

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What is the meaning (for you Americans) of having only two political parties that have the same name in different languages (one in Greek and the other in Latin) that both mean the same but none of them functions as what the name conjures?

Republic is the latin word for Democracy (which is Greek). We have a saying in my country that says just about this: “Where you here too much, believe too litlte”. …

Elias Eliadis

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