Silencing the sirens

(see the film)

Now the sirens have a still more fatal weapon than their song, namely their silence. And though admittedly such a thing has never happened, still it is conceivable that someone might possibly have escaped from their singing; but from their silence certainly never. Against the feeling of having triumphed over them by one’s own strength, and the consequent exaltation that bears down everything before it, no earthly powers can resist.

Excerpt taken from Franz Kafka: The Silence of the Sirens, in The Complete Stories, ed. Nahum N. Glatzer, Schocken Books, New York, 1971

The film was shot in Athens in March 2016, as Greece was – and remains – in a financial crisis. EU and the World Bank had put their feet down, because Greece for a long time did not follow rules set by capitalism. Today, the EU and Europe urge to stand up as a counterweight to a similar capitalism and divisive protectionism, which, for the time being, is democratically elected to govern the United States.

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