Bulletin 1, week 7, 2012

Dear Friends of Mikis,

It has been almost a year ago since the latest Newsbulletin has been sent. Reason is my emigration from Netherlands to Norway: a too much demanding activity, not only physically but also mentally and emotionally. A huge step. Here you see Amsterdam, under the wings of my airplane when leaving Netherlands. A very special moment!

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In the meantime a lot is going in Mikis Theodorakis’s activities. The most of them have been “twittered” via FriendsOfMikis. In the new YouTube design it is possible to add several external links, as you can watch here There is a big Twitter button (blue with the white bird), and if you have a Twitter account you get all the news immediately on your own twitter. Also the favorites, comments, playlist adds and new videos. Much time for self made new videos is not left: I have more than one channel and all need updates.

It was not only the emigration that was taking my attention: I also followed Yanis Varoufakis’s blog with much interest and passion. Tried to learn more from him, about the Greek and European crisis. The Global Minotaur. Have been very active there in the comments on certain posts. Could express there my anger and frustrations about that what I felt as a threat for Greece and its people. Have commented sharp and strong, without any consideration for those who (in my eyes) ignore the problems, deny them, or try to offend even Mikis Theodorakis. A lot of young Greeks obviously don’t know who Mikis Theodorakis is. And accuse him for instance to arrive with a Mercedes, together with Manolis Glezos, a resistance hero, on Syntagma Square, Athens, February 12, 2012, …..

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Here a serial with videos from Mikis Theodorakis in Athens, February 12, 2012, they are really shocking:

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I stopped with following Varoufakis’s blog. It is more for professionals. And I do not believe that even the best economy professors have formulas to create solutions so complicated as we know now. In theory, maybe, in reality no. For the right formula you must have included all facets of a problem, and human beings are not clever enough to fathom life completely. Aristotle is not here to explain, and even if he was here, in the present, mankind would reject him. The solutions will be bitter and we don’t want bitterness, just wealth. Money. Possession. Capital. Money. To have. Not:  “to be”. To be or not to be is not a question anymore, Mister Shakespeare. To have is to die because of materialism and eating each other.

The Greek problems are so complex that I don’t know anymore who is right or wrong about it, what has been the reason, the cause, what could be the best solution. I read today on the Cretan website a long post written by Mikis Theodorakis. Translated it with google.translate, because I cannot read Greek, and the website does not have an English translation. Maybe one of you can help me with it?

What I understood is that Mikis tries to change the public opinion about Greece, by telling the truth about it.

To be fair to myself: I have to be honest about all, also about my view on what is Greece, as far as I am capable to say something about it, or to think that I understand a little bit of it, or knowing solutions…. I don’t know if this, what Mikis writes, is covering and solving the problem, if this is really the deepest truth. Create your own opinion: Μίκης Θεοδωράκης: ΠΡΟΣ ΤΗΝ ΔΙΕΘΝΗ ΚΟΙΝΗ ΓΝΩΜΗ Η ΑΛΗΘΕΙΑ ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΕΛΛΑΔΑ

Create your own opinion by reading about Spitha, the movement, Elada. By watching some videos with information. Or by following Yanis Varoufakis’s blog. Other blogs.

Personally I do NOT believe that politics work.

Capitalism is NOT the solution, not even if it is born in USSR. Communism, as far as I see it, has proved to be just the other side of the same coin named money as where Capitalism is printed on. Otherwise it would NOT have been possible that Russia would become a capitalistic country. Why does Mikis Theodorakis trust Russia, what blossoms now with the same capitalism as the USA once, and where he spits on?

Capitalism is old and outdated, as war is, hunger. It is time for real human changes. To get rid of the masks and the dust politics create. Evolution instead of revolution.

Therefore I believe in other systems, born out of the people. They are creating an uplifting, positive energy. Read more about Boroume, and also about all the alternative moneysystems like the Cretan “Kaereti”, the English “Brixton”, the Dutch “Noppes” and so many more. About share-economics. There are even people who live successful and happy without money, like Raphael Fellmer and his wife and child.

I believe in alternative movements, smelling maybe like political parties but independent, not for the one self but for ALL, like ELADA, born out of Spitha, created by Mikis. Another wonderful Greek organisation is Boroume, the Greek foodbank, founded by Xenia Papastavrou. It is incredible that she is still waiting for a sign from the government to make it official, she wrote me, to be able to have a bankaccount for it, with a number, to donate money. I already wait more than two months. Her work is great. She is not doing this alone, there is a wonderful growing team. All is based on thrown away food, or food what otherwise should be thrown away. There is too much food! But no money to buy it.

Though I do not always agree with Mikis Theodorakis’s ideas about politics, my ideas are in balance with my “work” for Mikis Theodorakis. He opened my heart for Greece. His music has touched me, made remember me my Self, who I am, awakened the rebellion in me, my strength, my compassion, my passion for all what sounds Greek or is Greek.

I invite you to visit my YouTube channel TheodorakisFriends, where you can find links to important websites, videos in 128 playlists and the newest ones in the favorites. You can follow me on my channels (also the Theodorakis film channels), my twitter and this blog.

Thank you for your attention, and for being Mikis’ friends. That is more than liking only his music. The music is from his spirit, heart, soul, and his political view on Greece and activities as well: “Greece is my religion….” he said. I understand that. And you? Joining the March of the Spirit?

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About TheodorakisFriends

"TheodorakisFriends" is the name of my YouTube-channel and was set up in 2009, with the intention to collect all exisiting quality videos about and with Mikis Theodorakis' work as a composer, and also with and about his activities in politics and social life, from the far past till the present. In the meantime many thousands of videos are organized in more than 207 playlists. In 2010 the groups on YouTube disappeared from the channels, also my group Friends of Mikis, with many posts. To be able to continue with publishing mostly amazing information about and from Mikis Theodorakis, became the reason for creating the blog TheodorakisFriends: http://theodorakisfriends.com/
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