21 October 2008
If we look at the Vatopedi affair through the prism of "positive
thinking", this is not a scandal at all, but an act of providence:
So many services, councils, real estate companies, ministries and other
bodies coordinated their efforts, overcame the snarl of red tape and,
without delay, granted one monastery what was rightfully its own.
Positive thinking also allows us to embrace the idea that the state
had nothing more in mind than helping the monastery in its charitable
work with its endowment (exchanging valuable property for a lagoon
that belongs to no one is certainly an endowment).
We surely must know that the Vatopedi Monastery was aiming to create
a place where the destitute of this world could find care and comfort,
a place with orphanages, hospitals and poor houses.
And because positive thinking doesn't just make the world a bearable
place, but downright pretty, we could also conclude that the loud controversy
between the country's major parties over whether there should be a
special investigation committee does not arise from any ulterior motives
but from a true desire for catharsis.
Yes, we must accept that when our leaders tell us that they want the
truth to shine through, they mean it, even if the light of truth may
burn some high-ranking officials.
As suspicious as we may have become, we must remember that the ruling
party did not come up with a plan to ensure that certain people got
away, nor has the opposition set a time limit on how far back the investigation
needs to go, so as to protect any of its own former ministers who may
Yes, the truth is driving them all, and this is what is behind the
idea of moving Parliament to the main Athens court complex temporarily,
so that it may have the entire file in its hands.