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Greece and the lesson of Austerity

February 23, 2012


As the make believe, fantasy filled industrial world totters on the brink…. with Greece, the home of so much that under-pins the modern western world, there is one simple, urgent and current lesson for all of us to learn.

Austerity is going to be a given in the cycle we are currently in. The world of plenty that we can look back at oh-so-recently was a mirage. That debt-fueled chimera, peaked in September 2008 and will not ever be regained. Not in this current paradigm anyways.

So, like it or not, one way or another, austerity is in our immediate future. What lies ahead? How long is this period of lack? Who can tell how these great cycles really flow, hmmmmm? What is a year in a millennium?

And most of all, how will we react to it? In a fractal world, seeing Europe’s response to forced Austerity, I’d say not well at all. As Greeks Riot, nothing is helped/resolved or otherwise improved. More angst drawn in from the public, but the implosion of the under-pinnings of this debt-fueled will continue apace.

Self-restraint is the greatest strenghtner I know of. Self-induced bitterness (See HERE), self-induced strictures, self-discipline. To quote Frank Herbert Once Again and I paraphrase: Seek freedom and become slave to your desires, find discipline and be free.

How does one practice austerity?



Meanwhile, ponder this:



The roof of a church of St. Stephen in Germany. Symbolism, fascinating.


A couple of very interesting comments, which I will respond to soon. I’ve had a very interesting time personally, internally. Fascinating days/times.

More very soon.

In Truth,



9 Comments leave one →
  1. February 23, 2012 6:41 pm

    Vivek, I do believe this time is one for austerity. But, it has actually been my motto for a long time. One learns to do with less in a house with seven children and one income. There are many of us who lived in austerity through the credit madness and still suffered the consequences of others’ lack of financial discipline. That used to anger me. Sometimes it feels as thought those who live in austerity are simply saving up to eventually bail out those who are out there “enjoying” their lives.
    Discipline, for our bodies is great too. Discipline… balance… words to live by.

    • Nadall permalink
      February 24, 2012 6:02 am

      SEVEN???? Jeepers.(Here’s another wonderful person on your blog Vivek.) Tuttysan, I had a friend when I was very young whose older sister was a totally babied, spoiled brat and it was quite clear that my friend’s (single) mother didn’t like her (my friend) one bit. I could never even begin to understand that but what I could easily see was that my friend was a truly good human being(and her sister was a mess.) Hardship had made her that way. So, the ones with the lack of discipline are gonna be hurtin’ for certain and we? Well…. we will suffer much less than they and it might even be our great honor to be able to teach them how to fish, yes?

      • February 24, 2012 8:18 pm

        I guess so. Letting others make their mistakes and being helpful without getting caught up on their mess is part of the challenge.

        • Nadall permalink
          February 24, 2012 10:08 pm

          You are SO right. I am very weak in that area.

  2. February 23, 2012 6:44 pm

    P.S. did you notice the little rattle at the Madrid fault this week? Thought of you.

    • February 24, 2012 2:00 pm

      Indeed Tuttysan. All very interesting. Everything is coming together to fly apart at the seams if you know what I mean.

  3. Dublinmick permalink
    February 24, 2012 1:35 am

    I generally check those things tuttysan but I missed that one. Thanks. No doubt we have reached a point of limited resources and lots of people.

    Vivek I saw once piece indicating that Greece may default on March 23rd, who knows but I think they will at some point however. At some point in the future they will probably decide all they needed was the drachma, lots of lambs, shishkabob, good restaurants, bicycles and a roof over their head. You can probably make it without a mercedes in the future.

    The Greeks biggest problem and the rest of Europe is the amount of reactors arrayed around them and a pitiful knowledge of earth changes by the general population. Like they say ignoring reality does not make one immune to the effects of reality. Whatever the problem I am sure field marshal Angela Merkel can solve it.

    The quake hit Anna nuclear plant in virginia is said to be leaking radioactivity. Then again as usual some say it cannot be pinpointed to the quake. It busted up the spent fuel bunkers but is of course “not serious.”

    Nothing is ever serious or a big problem any more. The comments are better than the article. “They are scared crapless” (censored) for viewer discretion.

    The 15 or so plants up on the Madrid are a much more serious problem, you know the Madrid that went sky high in 1817 and does so about every 200 years. Oh wait, that means it is about time isn’t it?

    • February 24, 2012 2:04 pm

      Dub, I think the real world and make believe world are going to part company soon-ish. Too much vapour, too many mirages. And Greece, fittingly in the year of an Olympic games, is going to show us how or how not to deal with what is coming to us all.

      And yes, The Nuclear/Quake/Leakage signature is so strong, it’s thick. And what names Santa Anna, San Onofre….

      I see all this as a time of tightening, the coiling of the spring.

      Thanks for sharing.

    • Nadall permalink
      February 24, 2012 7:29 pm

      You Tube video by Dutchsinse shows an enormous (in size, not Richter) thunk/thump hit about 1/3rd to 1/4th of America in the midwest to the southeast and the data got wiped. Then he shows the one source that still has this data. (Government inefficiency can be good.)It appears to me to last more than a few minutes. This was on 2/24.

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