- Aug 2009
- Athens, Greece
It's not about the tourist money, it's about the soul of the people who call themselves Greeks. We love this monument, why is this so hard to understand? People all over the world do love monuments, you might not understand it, but please respect those that do.Its still a ruin. If you build something, then it gets destroyed, and its still destroyed but a little work is done to it to some day restore it, then its not rebuilt. Its still a piece of crap ruin. Maybe after a some tens of billions of euros they'll have it looking spiffy again. But it'll never be the Parthenon again, it'll just be a rebuild partial copy of it. The real one was destroyed, gone, never coming back. The cool stuff inside, gone, never coming back. The intricate art and carvings that can't be known, gone, never coming back.
Greece should get over it too, and unless they know full well a completely restored Parthenon will massively increase tourism, to increase commerce and income to fix their crap economy, then they should spend their money wiser.
You might prefer to view things through a practical lens, but not everyone interprets life solely this way (not saying that you do). We like to tend to the old decrepit lady that Parthenon is, see the best for her. She's part of our family, at least for us Athenians. We don't see the crappy ruins that you mention, we see a wounded monument that radiates ancient Greek civilisation.