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Tales from Crete | 50

I'm not particularly enthusiastic about graffiti and the like , but maybe that's because I don't fully understand it. In any case, I don't understand what drives young people, as is typical, to disrespectfully spray paint other people's buildings and facades, public properties, train carriages and what do I know. But it probably lies in the culture that we older people have helped to shape.

In the 60s and 70s, it was the hippie culture that housed and quickly spread to large parts of the western world. The youth uprising in the 1960s was also called the "love revolution". It all started in San Francisco in the USA in 1965, when young people from the American middle class rebelled against society's social traditions, materialism and competitiveness. Demonstrations were made against the Vietnam War, which the Americans had waged since 1954, and against the oppression and discrimination of the black population in the United States, where blacks for generations before had simply been considered servants of the white population, without rights of any kind. Unfortunately, we do not have to go back many years in history, when slavery was quite common and it was a status symbol to have a large group of slaves in one's service. Slaves were traded as a commodity and auctions were held for the slaves, where the strongest and largest were traded for the highest price, while those who were not so muscular and could be used in the field or plantation went for a treat or were given as a bonus in a trade. Slaves were simply a commodity and were regarded as such. It was not until 1983 that Mauritania was the last country to outlaw slavery, but according to the UN, up until 2013 it was estimated that there were around 25-30 million people in the world who lived or still live in slave-like conditions – a frightening scenario.

In Crete and in the rest of Greece, there are to this day many young people from the middle class who feel like slaves, because with an hourly wage of ¼ of our Danish minimum wages, it is difficult, let alone impossible, to have a fairly decent income without having 2 jobs with work 7 days a week throughout the season from April to October. So when you come across a graffiti painted on the gable of a house in Chania with the words "Don't live your life as a slave", paint running down from the letters like drops of blood, you are a little touched and reminded that slavery in any form is abhorrent and people must be treated as human beings, regardless of gender, skin colour, nationality, religion, attitudes, political position and status.

Whether you like graffiti or not, it really doesn't matter.

Have a good weekend everyone

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