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Western world has so much to thank Greeks for

Published 10/07/2015

Ancient Greece has greatly contributed to modern Western societies. Greece invented the Olympics Games, where rivals brush aside their political and legal disputes; colour, social, religious and economic stratification; and compete in a spirit of true co-operation, inspiring peaceful coexistence and equality.

Ethical philosophy, inquisitiveness, storytelling and intellectual reasoning are other Greek inventions. Democracy remains, arguably, their greatest contribution to civilisation, where people have their say in things that affect them and become true stakeholders in shaping and charting their own destiny.

The recent referendum over the Greek bailout programme is a vivid democratic experiment where people exercised their inalienable human rights and rejected humiliating creditors' proposals with unswerving gallantry.

The international community should not miss the opportunity to learn and listen from the Greek wisdom.

DR MUNJED FARID AL QUTOB

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