Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Greece Tells Developers To Take A Hike

It's good to see a government, for once, who doesn't put money above all else. We rarely have such virtue here in America, but recently in Athens, the City of Athena, money has failed to silence the land or its people. In 2018, developers began the construction of a nearly 10 story building that would have significantly obstructed the view of the Acropolis, the citadel of the City upon which rests the beacon of Western civilization; the ancient Parthenon. Certainly, had this building project went forward, it would have, no doubt, not only concealed the icon of Athena, but would have done damage to the surrounding landscape. The thing to remember about Athens, and all of Greece, is that all of its lands are ancient, not just its structures. Beneath any given lot, you may find artifacts. Athens is also already the largest City in Greece. Builders and developers have had far more of her than they should have been allowed in the first place. It's time for it to end or be severely restricted. Fortunately, amid protests from the citizens, this building was just stopped in its tracks as the Ministry of Culture revoked the building permit.

I may not like the current Greek State, but I at least applaud them for this action in protecting the ancient heritage of the City of Athens. So often throughout the world, and even in my own country, we see profit and commerce valued more than human life or home. Today is a great victory not just for ancient Greek heritage, but for the natural world itself. It's also a great day for democracy in the City that founded it, because the money and power of monopolies or elitists have failed to silence the voices of the people. I for one am delighted at the news. For so long, I have seen the ancient buildings and lands of Greece disrespected, some even buried, sandwiched or trashed by modern developments. But this, at least, is one temple they will not get, this is one land they will not obstruct, this is one time they won't fill their pockets with Greece's treasures.

In the Goodness of the Gods,
Chris Aldridge.