At the height of austerity measures, it is widely believed that the Greek economy – one among others right at the epicentre of the austerity programmes – deteriorated to a point from which it is, arguably, yet to recover.
During this time, the Greek people, due to severe suffering and, in many cases, outright destitution, caused as a direct consequence of these infamous fiscal policies (believed to have been externally imposed) called and hence referred to austerity measures as ‘hostility‘ measures.
The infamous nomenclature – ‘hostility’ measures – which has subsequently come to define and capture the magnitude of the severity of the austerity programmes in much of the Eurozone, therefore quickly gained momentum and was soon amplified in other parts of the Eurozone that were severely affected and victimised.
To suggest that the infamous nomenclature spread like wildfire, is no exaggeration by any stretch of imagination. In fact, many Greek people genuinely believe they are called ‘hostility‘ and not austerity measures.
This is mainly because they wreaked so much havoc in Greece – economically and financially – that, word has it, even the prostitution industry felt the squeeze, prompting prices to decline sharply for the much needed noble service to [in] society.
The simple lesson learned from that particular effect of – well, in popular infamous speak ‘hostility‘ measures – is that prostitution, far from being a social vice, is an economic sector the services of which are necessary, and it is also a good economic indicator.
It serves a duo purpose:
- it is a good and quite solid measure of economic performance, that is, the health of an economy and;
- it demonstrates how far society has progressed into unshackling itself from [the shackles of] all the pretentious moral and religious piety to the realities of a [the] modern capitalist life[style].
Put all moral pretensions aside, prostitution is also a good sign of economic development (emphasis on capitalist economic development) in a sense that, only when and where a capitalist economy reigns – sometimes whether or not the economy thrives does not really matter – that prostitution develops to serve the sexual needs that arise, largely as a result, more than anything else, of people – mainly men – being separated from their partners (wives) due to the drudgery of long working hours and other work [job] related and capitalist demands such as those gruelling after work social gatherings and so-called corporate events, which create a tempting environment for [such] debauchery.
So, this demonstrates that some things are not, after all, as bad as they seem or are said and/or made to be.
For one to have a good sense of what and how things are, especially the things that appear so obvious as to be taken for granted in most cases, one has to do what the opticians do while assessing eyesight health: keep fitting and changing different lenses until, like tempestuous water waves, the eyes under scrutiny finally find their best fit and level.
This is otherwise called critical thinking and analysis but to ask people to engage in such crucial exercise, usually runs the risk of causing unnecessary offence. So, the optician’s analogy, especially if and when one has undergone through an optician test and knows from firsthand experience how it works, helps bring home the message, with a soft landing.
Disclaimer: It must be stated that this is in no way an excuse or defense for prostitution and should therefore not be taken or misinterpreted as such. Any such misinterpretation is done so at the reader’s own volition and has no relation whatsoever to this opinion piece.