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Idealism v. Realism: the Imminent Greek Decision

Hope that a nation and its people should prosper unrestricted by debt, or financial turmoil, or social instability, or outside agitations, are the aspirations of most idealist leaders. This is a good thing.

However, during the course of pursuing these basic ideals, realism exposes the awakening to truth from among the dreamers. Hence, high hopes must be bent and fashioned under the load of realism. Tough decisions must be made in order to safeguard fundamental resemblances of the continuity of a people, of a culture and of a nation.

Thus, today's condition in Greece epitomizes idealism v. realism. A modern leftist and populist government confronted by the reality of a nation's indebtedness and the attached terms for more credit from its creditors that idealists might view as an encroachment upon a nation's sovereignty.

Unlike some political commentators who have speculated that Greece's reality concerns its retention/rejection in the euro zone or the larger European Union(EU), Greece's circumstance infers an inexperienced government's ideals to cushion its people as much as possible from inevitable harsh economic policies.

Most Greeks have affirmed their love of Europe. Therefore, tomorrow's decision by the people on the referendum up for vote, cannot, and must not be counted as an anti-Europe vote. Even if Greece's decision, as a secondary effect, forces the country out of the euro zone, the result should still not be construed as any anti-Europe vote.

The decision before the Greeks is simply to accept or to reject the terms rendered by international bankers towards the process of stabilizing Greece's debt. A "yes" vote would indicate that Greece has accepted the reality of the times. A "no" vote would confirm the audacity of the Greeks to dream for a softer financial landing. The Greek people shall decide in a matter of hours.

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