Of course there is such a thing! What kind of a crisis would it be if we didn’t have songs crying about it, plays mocking it, modern dance dramatizing it, visual art bursting with pain over it, graffiti condemning it, and viral internet articles making fun of it? It’s always good to see the silver lining in any situation, wouldn’t you agree?
My very free translation (because otherwise it might not make any sense to those not familiar with Greece) of the anonymous article.
17 Reasons I’m Enjoying the Greek Economic Crisis!
1. When I ask my boss for a raise, instead of giving me a dirty look, he busts out laughing. Not to mention that he fired two annoying coworkers.
2. A lot of my friends emigrated for a better future, so I’ll have new options of places to visit abroad, and they’ll probably even send me something for the holidays.
3. Gasoline is too expensive to buy, so I don’t use my car very much. It will last longer, my heart health is improving, and I look flush in front of my friends when I suggest taking the car on the highway. And when we go to the beach in the summer, they chip in for gasoline, whereas in the past they would pretend to forget.
4. The cafes are full of unemployed scientists with two masters degrees, so while I drink my ouzo I can talk not about soccer but about black holes, at least.
5. As far as girls are concerned, you can be 100% certain that they don’t just want you for your money.
6. The man selling bagels outside the nightclub does a brisker business than the lady selling flowers to throw at the act, inside the club.
7. The coffee I win playing backgammon with my buddies makes up 2% of my salary which means that if I win 50 games, I’ve made a month’s salary.
8. They did away with social welfare. Good: I couldn’t stand waiting in line.
9. The future of our country is uncertain – we all need a little adventure in our lives.
10. I can be depressed without people giving me a hard time. They always said “What’s your problem? You have a job, a car, what else do you want?”
11. You never have to wait behind someone with two carts full of food at the supermarket. Or if you do, you can ask him to invite you to the party.
12. Everyone who saved money so carefully for years has lost it all, so I can feel better about myself for spending every euro as soon as I got it; instead of “profligate” I’m now considered “wise” because at least I got some use out of it.
13. There are no more weddings to have to attend, because when you elope, they don’t charge you for the decor.
14. Everyone has become an environmentalist, and they explain that they are spending less to “protect the environment.”
15. I like it when they say we’ll go back to the drachma, because I’ll finally be able to spend all those drachmas that I’ve been keeping as souvenirs, which drove me nuts when I didn’t have a penny and I figured that I had around €60-70 in drachmas, but the bank no longer exchanges them.
16. When I tell people I work two days/week, they look at me with sympathy and tell me to be brave, whereas in the past they were thinking “what a lazy ass.”
17. I will have a good story of suffering and misery to tell future generations about our country’s history, like we had to listen to about the military dictatorship and the German occupation. Otherwise they’d think of me as a total wuss.