The ‘obviousness revolution’

Article published on Oct. 10, 2010
Article published on Oct. 10, 2010
Ilias Lappas foto: Snippits and Snappits A lot of discussion and debate was sparked by the speech of Prime Minister (PM) of Greece in International Fair of Thessaloniki, concerning the, already well-known, ‘obviousness revolution’.

Having reviewed the history, there is no doubt that revolutions happen to be agents of change, hope and expectation, since one of the root causes of a revolution is the fulfillment of a need that remains unsatisfied. Bearing that in mind, it can be said that the PM’s ‘obviousness revolution’ causes additional questioning.

In other words, is ‘obviousness’ a need within the Greek society that remains unsatisfied? If yes, then arises the question of why the Greek government supports the ‘obviousness revolution’ and at the same time does not take part in it.

It is a fact that the government avoids constantly, even to ‘tweet’ the following ‘obvious’ thing: The IMF wherever it provides loans, intentionally imposes hard to execute financial plans that lead accurately to even sharper recession, unemployment and poverty.

imf3.jpg Hence, it seems that everybody considers a completely different definition for the term ‘obviousness revolution’. Though, we have to understand that for the ‘obviousness revolution’ to flourish, an..obvious(!) thing must take place: The term ‘obvious’ must have the same meaning for both society and government. I cannot be inside PM’s mind, thus I am getting skeptical if it seems ‘obvious’ to him the fact of reducing salaries and pensions just only for the financial data of Fiscal Year to seem OK, the way government promised to be (another reason for the Greek Ministry of Finance to feel happy!).

I am also getting skeptical when I realize that for the majority of the citizens it seems ‘obvious’ that the ‘obvious’ austerity measures are not going to have any positive effect on their future everyday life.

To sum up, what is this new ‘revolution’? Who does and who does not do ‘obvious’ things? Obviously (!), we need to wait to get the answers!