Worse than an­cient tragedy

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY NIKOS KONSTANDARAS

In Aris­to­tle’s anal­y­sis, a tragedy’s au­di­ence sees the pro­tag­o­nists’ tra­vails in a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of life, so when they feel pity and ter­ror they are not over­whelmed as they ex­pe­ri­ence them at a dis­tance – they are wit­nesses to a sym­bolic world, not vic­tims. For us, though, the pity and ter­ror stem from our own lives and de­ter­mine our fu­ture. We don’t see the pro­tag­o­nists de­stroyed be­cause of their fail­ings; on the con­trary, it is we who shoul­der the bur­den. We ac­knowl­edge the gov­ern­ment is not to blame for all that it in­her­ited, but this does not re­lieve it ei­ther of re­spon­si­bil­ity for what it has done since then, nor of the fact that in the past, when the coun­try was hurtling to­ward dis­as­ter, those in power to­day were among the strong­est sup­port­ers of poli­cies that bloated deficits and the public debt. It is ironic that now the gov­ern­ment celebrates cost-cut­ting poli­cies and the “re­turn to the mar­kets” that it mocked when pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments un­der­took them. The premier has ex­plained that he was the vic­tim of il­lu­sions and naivete. He ac­knowl­edges, as in an in­ter­view with the Guardian, that peo­ple may call his gov­ern­ment liars but they un­der­stand that his in­ten­tions were good and that

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