My relatives, my workplace in Athens, and even the house that I rented are/were all located in the Western suburbs, so I have a tender spot for this area where I lived, worked and shopped. Although I was very often in the area (unlike the majority of Athenians who may have got as far as a popular nightclub in the area), I am also guilty of the same deed as most Greeks. I have plied the Holy Road by bus and on foot, many many many times, but not once did I bother to check out the Holy Tree, or even Plato's Academy.
Although news reports are now flooding in telling us that it wasn't the r;genuine' Holy Olive Tree that was uprooted, this simply detracts from the issue: something's not quite working right in society for this to happen at such a critical period.
For more information about the sad fate of the Holy Olive Tree, here are some helpful links (in both Greek and English):
For my own stories about Western Athens, click on teh links below:
For past and present photos of the Holy Olive Tree (including the trunk), click on this google-images link .
There is also another side to the coin in the demise of the Holy Olive Tree. We need to break away from our ancient past. We are modern Greeks, and we need to be reborn without the heavy burden of our past constantly wearing us down. May this day bring forth a new leaf. Amen.
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