Friday, June 03, 2005
Modern Greeks and Meaning
Making sense of most Greek texts that I receive for translation into English is more like a Herculean labour for me. "What the hell does he/she mean by that?!" is the mental tag that I am forced to place at the end of a considerable number of sentences in the source language. Why are modern Greeks so vague in what they write (and say)? Because they lack mental or intellectual discipline -- the result of partisan politics not only in education, but also in most aspects of life in Greece. These politics have created a mindset that finds expression in contempt of culture and merit.