Hellenism:
Greek Parade NYC April 18, 2010



Since  time immemorial, the world was ruled by fear and superstition, was haunted by evil spirits, demons,
and  enslaved by cruel despots and  tyrants. 

Out of this world of chaos and darkness, a people came and  brought order, reason, logic, science, liberty, 
democracy, ideals, virtue, morality, philosophy, arts, civility, justice, hospitality, humanism, plays, games,
spirited music, dancing, fun, a nobler human behavior, and a culture, that became synonymous with the word civilization. 

A culture, that develops the idea of systematic  skeptical inquiry, experimental method, objective thinking,
and the notion that laws of nature, rather than capricious gods,   chance and evil spirits, govern the world. 

A civilization, deep rooted on ethics and values, human  dialogue, language, and powerful ideas that withstood the test of time. 

A culture of free thinking people, who believe, that a higher  level of existence and better quality of life, can only be achieved, 
through inquiry for truth, wisdom and  virtue. 

A way of life and  beliefs, that wisdom begins in wonder, that the quality of life is determined by its activities. 

A culture of moderation, a belief that the fitting reason is best, that the unexamined life is not worth living. 

A legacy, of  openness and freethinking, an environment  that elevates humans where they can reach beyond   themselves,
pose the questions  about the origins of   cosmos and attempt solve the enigmas of life. 

A culture centered on man, that values and trusts the individual,  believes in the balance of mind and spirit, that  virtue is
dividing individuals, not race, wealth, age, or skin  color. 

A  belief, that man himself is a miracle, because of his ability to express his thoughts, or "logos". 

A culture, that fundamentally changes the world, and the course of human history, from a world of superstition, to a  world
driven by humans and reason. 

A culture, that separates humans from their natural savage  selves, and elevates them to a higher level of existence. 

A  culture of the Olympic spirit, of excellence for body and mind. 

Where man wants to be God like in perfection and virtue. 

 

Vasilios Apostolopoulos

Authoritarianism and submissivness were not the direction it (the Greek spirit) pointed to.
A high spirited people full of physical vigor do not obey easily……each man must himself
be a research worker in the truth if he were ever to attain to any share in it…...
Mere numbers were powerless against the spirit of free men fighting to defend their freedom......

The basis of Athenian democracy was the conviction…... that the average man can be depended
upon to do his duty and to use good sense in doing it. Trust the individual was the avowed doctrine
in Athens, and expressed or unexpressed it was common to Greece.

Civilization, a much abused word, stands for a high matter quite apart from telephones and electric lights.
It is a matter of imponderables, of delight in the things of the mind, of love of beauty, of honor, grace, delicate feeling.

Where imponderables are of first importance, there is the height of civilization, and if at the same time, the power
of art exists unimpaired, human life has reached a level seldom attained and very seldom surpassed.....

Edith Hamilton American Scholar , Writer From Her Book The Greek Way (Written 1930)
 


To want nothing is godlike; and the less 
we want the nearer we approach the divine.
Xenophon (430-355 B.C.)


I am neither Athenian nor Greek, but a 
world citizen. 

Wisdom begins in wonder. 

Not life, but a good life, is to be chiefly valued. 

I think it is not possible to live better than by improving oneself. 

 Nature does not do anything without having a goal. 

 Socrates 
Make reason thy guide.
Solon.
Greece invented a goddess, Reason
for a triangle as a head.
Andre Malraux.
Man is the measure of all things that are as they are , and of things that are not what they are not.
Protagoras of Adera (485-410 B.C.)
Where the Greeks had modesty, we have cant; where they had poetry, we have cant; where they had patriotism, we have cant; where they had anything that exalts, delights, or adorns humanity, we have nothing but cant, cant, cant.
Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866)
Crochet Castle (1831)


Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth. 

Aristotle.