Europe in fact was born in Lebanon,
on the Mediterranean Sea, in the city of Tyre, not far from the border with
Israel. As Europe comes from the Middle East, I wonder why the European Union
doesn't care about the refugees (lots of them coming from Lebanon's neighbour Syria). Daily
large numbers of refugees are still reaching the shores of Lesvos (and
elsewhere in Greece) and most help is still given by volunteers, amongst them
tourists. The locals cannot agree upon a more human way to help them, like a local
shelter at Molyvos, and - it is still illegal to provide transport to Mytilini.
So still the refugees - young and old, in elegant sandals, old sport shoes and
even barefoot - trudge the roads of Lesvos towards the capital, under a
In any case this is an unusual
summer for Europe and it looks like it has forgotten where it came from. Europe
was named after the daughter of Agenor, king of Tyre. Zeus fell in love with
her, changed himself into a sturdy but attractive white bull, made her caress
him and when she climbed on his back, he ran away, into the sea and transported
her as far as Crete, where he changed back into human shape and married her.
Europe was the first queen of Crete.
Zeus abducted her. But now it looks
like Europe is under the spell of another god: Plutus, god of wealth and money.
He must have enchanted her because Europe has changed a lot. In Dante's Divine
Comedy, Plutus guards the fourth ring of hell, where the avaricious and the
prodigal have an eternal fight, doomed to start every time all over again. If
Dante were to write his masterpiece in our times, I am sure he would classify
the politicians as avaricious and the bankers as prodigal.
Zeus, god and master of the sun,
rain, thunder and lightning is clearly not amused by the world, because even
the weather in Europe is pretty upset. While in West-Europe sudden high
temperatures are heating up people's tempers, in Greece it is pleasant, and
even hotheaded protesters get cooled down by a local downpour. Clouds seem to be
a steady presence in the summer sky and regularly rain clouds try to attack
Lesvos from Turkey, with or without a thundering sermon from Zeus. But tourists
do not have to worry: the sea is warm, a refreshing breeze dominates the heat
and the island is like always a great summer paradise.
But Zeus is worried and just like
the nearly daily meetings of European politicians last week, Zeus now daily
meets Aphrodite, goddess of love. As there is not much love left in the world,
it is time that Aphrodite seduces the politicians, so that they will no longer
listen to the greedy Plutus and use more humanity in their acting. The whisperings
between Zeus and Aphrodite can be followed live early each night in the western
sky, where they operate under their Roman names: Jupiter and Venus. These two planets are holding an
emergency meeting, an event which happens only once in a decade.
I have already seen them glittering
in the nocturnal sky, Venus brighter than ever next to another bright point in
the air, Jupiter, and that's with the sun not even set. The famous Star of Bethlehem was probably the phenomenon, when
these two planets are seen so closely juxtaposed to each other, shining like
But in reality these planets will
never merge, because they are about 670 millions of kilometers away from each
other. That they now seem to be so close together is purely an optical
With the appearance of Jupiter and
Venus still fresh in my mind yesterday I drove to Sigri, where they're still
busy changing the road. Thanks to removing the road, and widening it at other
places, lots of new petrified trees have been found. The finds first get
protected by a layer of plaster and in their white covers look like phalluses.
But the road has had other remarkable changes since I last drove over it in
spring. On some parts they have started to lay black concrete lanes, painted
with bright yellow lines. Those lanes reminded me of Jupiter and Venus: they
run parallel to each other but then on occasion in parts diverge. But what's
remarkable is that both lanes run along each side of the road, leaving a space
between which is as wide as six lanes loaded with sand and debris!
Is there an eight-lane road coming
between Sigri and Kalloni or are they going to make fancy middle banks,
decorated with, for example, petrified trees? It is a big mystery to me what
they want with this road. Are they hoping in the future that the Tour the
France will start from Sigri and therefore are already building cycle paths or
is this road getting enormous emergency lanes at both sides of the road? The best
guess is that the road is prepared for the transport of the blades of the
gigantic wind turbines that are planned to come in the west.
So it remains very excited what will
become of this road and if the already laid concrete lanes will ever get
connected. In the sky the lanes of Jupiter and Venus will widen again from
after tonight (July 1st). I do hope that by then they will have
reached an agreement about the future of Europe. And I do hope that Zeus will
use the vindictive god Nemesis to get Europe out of the hands of Plutus,
because otherwise he may have to abduct Europe again and make her Queen of