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?
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.