Try this experiment: Give a four year old boy a cookie, let him take a couple of bites and then snatch it back from him. What do you suppose his reaction will be? Do you think he will thank you for the two bites you gave him? Or do you think he’ll have a tantrum because you took the cookie away from him?
Sara Phillips of DrumTV reports of more Greek riots in the face of across-the-board cuts in cookies… umm, I mean entitlements:
Some 20,000 rioters and demonstrators have massed on the streets of Athens for days running, some throwing rocks and bottles at heavily armoured police. Yesterday, anarchists set some communications trucks on fire. Hundreds of people have been treated in hospital for injuries and breathing problems.
They are protesting the ‘austerity measures’ that the European Union is imposing on Greece in order to pull it out of crushing debt. Greece is 350 billion euro in the red. For comparison, that’s a more than one third of Australia’s whole GDP. It’s more than all of Greece’s GDP.
When you treat grown ups as if they were four year old children (i.e. giving them a cookie instead of making them earn it), don’t be surprised when they act like four year old children.