When Tommy Lee took Greek pride a step further

Some said it was a PR stunt, others that the timing was just right, whatever the case may be, when animal-loving, Greek-born Motley Crue drummer released his story of Greek pride on his Facebook page, he made Greeks far and wide proud. And for that alone we are grateful. It is vital that those who are granted fame in whatever field “come out” to support causes, ideas and ideals, as they carry the weight and credibility of their reputation and the power to reach out to the masses.

When Tommy Lee took Greek pride a step further

Tommy Lee may have felt the urge to share his reasons for being a proud Greek, but his reasons are also our reasons, making many of us even prouder, whether we live in Greece and are feeling the brunt of  this sad affair called “international intervention”, or abroad as Greeks running one of the hundreds of businesses or excelling in so many fields. Greeks have nothing to do with the stereotypes that many WASP countries and their media have conconcted to suit their well-disguised tale of modern-day imperialism… they have a history so vast behind them that it is nearly impossible for one not born a Greek to even begin to understand basic behaviours.

The Greek Vibe is reprinting Tommy Lee’s “manifesto” as a crash course for all of you out there who eat Greek food, listen to Greek music, like Greek wine, long for Greek beaches and love Greek people. Enjoy, learn and join us…      


Because we are a small, poor country full of people with big hearts

Because we never visit anyone empty-handed
Because there is no way to tell foreigners the word “Kapsoura” to properly (burning desire for someone)
Because there is still something valuable in Greek families
Because we always do, even if at the last moment
Because we were slaves for 400 years, but never take this as an excuse for our current state
Because we are scattered all over the Planet
Because we have the word “filotimo” (Honor for his friend?) In any other language
Because foreigners, if they can not find a word, use one of our
Because we share our problems and bad times with our friends and family and not with psychiatrists
Because Socrates, Plato and Aristotle were Greeks
Because we invented theater
Because we gave birth to democracy
Because we discovered logic
Because we made the start in the science
Because we are proud of our culture, not our war
Because when we started to make the Parthenon, the others still slept in trees
Because we have all these lights, which have made efforts to create peace through war
Because we see a difference between “eros” (in love) and “Agapi” (Love), while we feel both passionately
Because Eros was a Greek God
Because we gave the curse “Freedom or Death”
Because we already woven leash than any other are still attracted to wolf skin
Because “Greeks do not fight like heroes, but heroes fight like Greeks” (Winston Churchill, 1941)
Because we gave our ancient alphabet to the Romans and our Medieval alphabet to the Slavs
Because we are not ashamed to cry
Because we dance when we are sad
Because we work to live, not live to work
Because 97% of the star names are Greek
Because if we ‘brother or cousin “on the road every scream turns
Because our churches are not dark inside full of special lighting
Because our parents do not forget that we exist when we are already 18
Because if we want to get a sun tan, we go to the beach
Because we confront every difficulty with humor
Because the Olympics were born in Greece
As we unite with our Olympic light the world and send the message of peace
Because our sky is blue white
Because 40% of the Oxford dictionary consists of Greek words
Because we know what “Kefi” (joy in the fun?) Means and how to live it.

Tommy Lee

I end today’s a post with a song from one of the country’s cult singers: Manolis Aggelopoulos in “Ellinas Eimai” (I Am a Greek) by Christos Nikolopoulos and Lefteris Hapsiadis.


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