I am tired. In fact, I’m exhausted. And fed up. To hear the same things again and again. EU and IMF urged for one more time Greece for “Reforms” and “Austerity”. Reforms I do not see; Austerity is what I feel on my skin. Day in and day out. And the perspective is even more austerity, deeper salary cuts and rickety social state, paralyzed state mechanisms. The much praised and expected structural reforms ran into a ditch of a provincial road. Kicked aside by petty interests, powerful guilds and visionless politicians. Tied up with the for me invisible threads of clientelism cultures. A system that creates life-long and votes-bearing bonds.
What political parties “promise” ahead the upcoming elections goes inside my left ear and slips out from the right – right away.
In fact, I don’t even listen to them. I am old enough to have quite some elections campaign experience: The hundreds “I Will…”, the thousands “I Should…”
I already know which party I will vote for. And I just check occasionally, if this party does or proclaims something I totally disagree with. No party is perfect and I am a disillusioned voter.
I am pro-Europe. Because I grew up in a european country and was raised with European history and culture. Because I lived most of my life in several European countries. And because what’s the alternative? If this current Europe has mutated into a nightmare for its citizens, that’s another story and content of another post.
All These Candidates’ Calls
While the electoral campaign is in full swing, it looks as if I were a very attractive voter. Parties I disapprove and candidates I never met or declared I could be their supporters invite me to party meetings. They send me sms or even call me. No they themselves personally. Their staff. More often some hired call-centres to do the job. And they are puzzled. When my bone-neutral voice answers “aha… aha… aha…” or whispers “yes… yes…yes…” I guess, this reaction irritates them. Neither rejection nor approval. I suppose, they may think, they talk to a computer.
Should I get involved in an argument with them? Should I shout and tell them to go …bathing? I take the phone call and pretend to be in full control of myself. Show an non-challance that touches the edges of indifference.
A “computerised” voter. A disillusioned voter. Apparently indifferent. But deeply angry inside.
PS I should have gone walking today instead of going around trying to fix issues, spend endless hours and get frustrated again 🙁