The Story of the Little Man
By Menelaus Voulgaris
In 1948 Wilhelm Reich wrote his famous book, Listen Little Man.
This book talks about the average man who does nothing and waits.
At every opportunity, the little man entrusts others to decide for him at his own expense and the expense of the common good.
Today in Greece in 2012, the same little man, who now has only advocates and mentors, can be found.
The Greek little man of 2012 entrusts PASOK or ND to decide for him and believes the public media. Although the crisis is ravaging people all around him, he is comfortable and for now and his salary remains intact.
The little man is not corrupt. The little man is the average man who sees his life turn to zero and does nothing about it. After working 8 hours each day, at a job that pays a salary of 500 euros a month, the little man comes home each night and watches TV and news.
When the little man goes out to meet friends, he speaks and says great things. He declares that things have come to a head. He says that people should take to the streets and fight back. He talks and he talks and he talks, but he does nothing.
The truth is that the little man is afraid. He is afraid to come out on the street because he does not want to be clubbed or beaten. So he waits and tells himself he will assert his rights when he sees that others are ready to rise. His fear weakens him, weighs him down.
But, the truth is that the situation in our country has come to a head, and the crisis has already reached many families. The country may be bankrupt now, but there are many families who have long been bankrupt. Many people have lost their jobs. Many families cannot pay their bills. Many parents are watching their children starve. These people have already come out on the street. And they have been there from the start. They saw their grandmother’s slashed pension. They saw struggling families all around them. They were not afraid. They cared and they took direct action.
One would expect the little man to be inspired and join the protests out in the streets condemning austerity measures. Surely, the little man must know that austerity will also come his way. But the little man does not get up. The little man stays at home and watches his television. He is afraid and he tells himself others will fight for him.
Why is the little man blind to the suffering around him? He must see the scores of unemployed family men who cannot afford to feed their children. He must see the tens of thousands of desperate students who see themselves as having no future.
The minimum wage has been lowered to 450 euros a month. The social contract is being eliminated. A brutal new tax hike has been imposed by the government. Buildings are burning and the little man asks what uncivilized people burned down historic buildings?
All the TV channels are controlled by government and the elders believe what the TV tells them.
But why does the little man believe what the TV tells him instead of what he sees with his own eyes? The other day, he saw the family next door move to a very small room because there is no money. And for three days, their child was sent to school hungry. Today the new tax hike went into effect, while salaries were reduced. His neighbor understands the truth and goes out to fight for himself and his fellow man. Who will go with him?
Not the little man. He remains willfully blind because all of his life, he has learned to let others make decisions for him and act for him. Beginning in his parents home, he was always told what to do. From the University, the Communist Youth and at every level of o his life, he elected to be told what to do, or better yet, if someone would act for him rather than having to take matters into his own hands.
Therefore, the little man is not afraid the police will come for him. Nor is he afraid of the courts if caught and convicted. The truth is that the little man fears the very idea of action.
He is afraid. He waits for the revolution in his small home. Better to delegate the business of revolution to someone else and enjoy the results.
But, no little man I will not support you.
No little man I will not justify your inaction.
Because when I needed support and justification, you were scared and hiding at home brainwashed by your TV and swore that I burned Athens.
Submitted by Elena Tin
Translated by greydogg
READ Original post in Greek @ http://risinggalaxy.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/άκου-ανθρωπάκο-της-ελλάδας-του-2012/
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