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Ways to fight back the adverse consequences of the economic crisis in Europe -the people's perspective.

The European economic crisis has affected people of all ages in all aspects of their lives, including the financial, the social, the emotional and the psychological. The financial crisis has been transformed from an extrinsic element affecting states, to an intrinsic menace threatening to destroy the future of at least a generation of young people in Europe, and to adversely affect the lives of the middle-aged and the elderly. Fighting back the adverse consequences will only succeed if it is coordinated at a personal but also a social level. It is the time for Europeans to unite against a common threat. It is the time to raise defences and place barriers against a socio-economic tide that, if left to its own devices, will destroy the psyche of, not only the current but also the future generations of Europeans.

What ways are there to protect the people and deal with the adverse consequences of the European economic crisis?

Can we afford to want to be happy amidst all of this?

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Closing Statement from Stella Koukounis

This has been an interesting conversation with some valuable ideas exchanged. It appears that my fellow commentators have focused mostly on the causes of the economic decline rather than suggesting practical ways to protect the people amidst all this. And they are right in one thing: One cannot attempt to solve a problem unless they really understand what has caused it. I realise now how important this is in actually trying to solve the problem. Nevertheless, if we focus simply on what went wrong (which members of the society are in fact doing in isolation whereas a more collective reflection is required) we'll lose precious time in the interim. While we reflect and try to fix the causes of the decline, we should create defences. Shields that will protect the generations growing up in the aftermath of the decline -life goes on regardless and there's a good way and a bad way for life to continue. Without defences, even when we do manage to find the causes and we do manage to fix what went wrong, there won't be anyone with the correct mindframe or emotional strength, willing to give it another go. Unemployment, starving youths, broken souls don't really form a fertile ground for change. So, my suggestion is to multi-task: isolate the causes but at the same time, raise defences while the overhaul is taking place. Work hard and play harder. Maintain a clarity over what's right and wrong. Preserve and promote values that make an individual become a contibuting member of the society.

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    Dec 24 2013: Stella, This problem did not occur over night nor will the solution. I agree with Kristian that in order to resolve the problem you must isolate the causes ... any thing you do that does not go to the core of the issue may make it worse or at least be good money thrown after bad thus once again delaying the solution and usually exacerbating it.

    The common answers are usually poor management, corruption, lack of budget / planning, developing social programs that generate generational welfare and neither sustainable or productive.

    I know that social programs are a favorite in the EU but if a solution is to be found then all programs, budget items and people themselves must be evaluated.

    If I look at countries individually I can see some differences ... should we not ask why Germany is solvent and other countries are in the crapper? Study what Germany did ... what did Greece not do? etc ... that is a starting point. You must dump the WHOLE bag out and put the pieces back together one at a time or no good will come of it.

    I have read statements that leaders are afraid to cut popular programs ... they would be run out of office. That kind of thinking will keep the EU down and soon ... out. Others say that Germany should bail them out and no changes should be made ... There is someone who SHOULD be run out of office.

    The other argument is that it all the wealthy peoples fault .... that has never held water ... but the blame game does work. It will not solve anything ... and if they leave and take their money and factories with them you will be in even worse a fix ... stop the blame game and stupid taxes and get to the bottom of the whys?

    Start with reducing big government and work your way down. A model for failure is provided by 1916 Argentina who went from world leader to the bottom with stupid political decisions in a conversion to socialism .... History is a great teacher ... for those willing to learn.

    Good luck. Bob.
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    Dec 20 2013: how do you plan to solve a crisis without even attempting to analyze or understand the causes of it? because there is not a single word about it in your opening statement.

    this is quite common though. this is a recurring pattern in public speech all around the globe. we call for action, we call for unity, but we never call for explanation or information. why is that?
    • Dec 21 2013: Thats the question i asked. I want to do something to help but not sure how to.
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        Dec 21 2013: i think even you didn't go deep enough. you sought, in your conversation, how to achieve a goal. but i think, and i tried to hint at that, you should rather ask whether the goal is even valid. at least two questions come to mind before we fix a problem: 1, maybe we need to find the root, instead of applying a patch, and 2, maybe it is not a problem at all, thus does not need fixing
      • Dec 23 2013: Hi Alex

        Helping out isn't as easy as it purports to be. Everyone can help out by raising awareness of a serious problem. The destruction of the social tissue (as a result of the economic crisis) isn't a territorial problem any more. It is just as valid and threatening in the US as is in Europe. Let's start by talking about it. What do you think?

        Thank you for your comment and wilingness to participate.

        Stella
    • Dec 23 2013: Hello Krisztian

      You are right in that one cannot attempt to solve a problem unless they understand what has caused it. But the cause of the problem was hardly the issue here. I wanted to focus on the fact that there is a huge problem that requires attention. The causes are plenty. From the banking crisis to the greedy nature of humans. We know we are at fault. Who isn't. But the situation is getting so out of hand that immediate action is required. At a social but also a personal level. Who says that we can't fix a problem, starting backwards?

      Thank you for your valuable comment.

      Stella
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        Dec 24 2013: well, i think you perpetuated the same mistake, taking the causes of the problem for granted, and also miraculously coincide with the explanation given by our governments.

        but i claim that no, our current explanation of the problems makes very little sense, the proposed solutions make even less sense if it is at all possible. so we do have to go back to school, and find out the real reasons. or else, we might end up making the problem worse in our misguided attempts.
  • Dec 20 2013: Return to growing your own food using technology DIY know-how......not Grandpa's farming model. Then share it.
    Simplify simplify simplify
    Then share more.
    Play the game differently....in every way imaginable and unimaginable.

    Within every problem is buried the solution.

    just my 2 cents...
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    Dec 19 2013: I think that basic income is a possible solution. You're welcome to join the conversation on that. http://www.ted.com/conversations/22022/what_s_your_opinion_on_uncondi.html
    • Dec 23 2013: Thanks, Jimmy.

      Basic income sounds, an alluring concept. I'll get back to you on that. Is the solution to the problems of the European society, merely monetary? I would argue, not. Then how can we apply a simple monetary solution to address these issues?

      You're right though in that, a person who has a basic income, has less to worry about...

      Appreciate your comment, Jimmy.