The freedom is a state of mind, I think. The less you want, the more free you are.
In the 1990s, Greece opened its borders for the migration from Albania to Greece. In that decade,it was very easy for everyone to get a bank loan. Because of that, people didn't have to work a lot, and everyone paid low-cost immigrants to do work. The nineties were the decade that broke Greece. Everybody started to just look for money, for an easy way of life, big houses, big cars. It all started at the beginning of 1980 and escalate in a big crisis 30 years later. They forced people to choose this way of life; to come in the position they are now. This is a forced position.
All the big personalities were ready to do something at the age of 8. Now we live in the society where you live in your parent’s house until you are 30 or 40. It’s a pity.
Mimis was thinking of having a land as early as at the age of 16. "My vision at the time was to have a land like this, to be free, self-sufficient, and to have time to be an artist, to be involved in art. And yes, I’m already involved in art, art is the way of life, it’s an attitude … I believe everyone has his own way of doing things." Mimis plays guitar, and he also plans to start making them. His brother makes bouzouki. He offered Mimis to teach him how to make guitars so they can have business together. “When I was a child, I drew. He wishes to do it more. Last year, my challenge were mosaic classes. This year, maybe it will be to make a guitar."
Through the eyes of a child, it is possible to see more purely, so if we would do everything through the paradigm of what is better for the child, the world would be a better place.
“I believe that everything we do in our life is connected with everything else, everything is connected. I said that art is an attitude. And the attitude I follow is the identity of a sailor. It’s not only important to know where you want to go, but also the weather, the wave, the boat that you have, the wind, it’s about everything. We start to go in one direction, and eventually, we probably end up somewhere else …”
"The secret is doing nothing. By doing nothing, you can think better, you have the power, you are more focused. Because if I want to start something, I must lead my thoughts to a specific point. Like when you go to the sea: you are going into the unknown, so you first have to stop, look at yourself, look at the sun, the land, the wind, the weather, the depth of the sea, what does the sky look like, and then decide where you’re going."
“The main goal is to be happy, to feel free. I prefer to keep that feeling than to leave it behind to do something. I prefer to do nothing than to do something ‘half way'. Because to sit, to do nothing, it’s an art, you must know how to do it, if you don’t, you have a problem.”
“People must love themselves, the people that surround them, and the nature. There must be love - without love, we cannot go anywhere, nothing works. If we only follow the profit, we are bound to end up like now once again, there is no other way. We must show the positive side of the life and go in that direction … If we don’t see where we want to go, we’re going where we see … nowhere …”
“The Spiral of Archimedes says that everything happens in a cycle, but every cycle is moving forward, further in a never-ending spiral movement. Society makes a cycle of living, and when the cycle is going to make a step forward, they stop it and make the cycle repeat again, without going to another level. They want to make a cycle with no beginning and no end, they want the things to be stable to be able to control them. But they cannot, because this spiral movement is in the life itself. This is what our society is doing wrong, they don’t let things flow. We are living in the tower of Babylon - everyone speaks the same language, but everybody has something else in the head. That’s what we are living now. There is a lot of knowledge, but the pieces of that are not connected … Most people don’t want to talk about these things … they are afraid … They don’t want to think about things, so they put labels on them. It is easier like that, and they feel safe. People don’t live for the question, they want an answer, any answer. If there is no answer, then there is a problem.”
“The difference between English and Greek is that in Greek language, where there is a meaning, there is a root … English language is a symbol language, and that’s a big difference… In Greek language, every word has a value. And when you put it into a sentence, every word has several different meanings by the way you pronounce it, and the way you combine it with other words …”
“We see things in our house, in our island, in our country, and that’s it. We don’t see further than that … We don’t see that chips in most electronics are mostly made in Kongo by children ... It is very wrong to be so dependent on the slavery of people, animals, land … I have to protect and care about the land for future generations, to use it like I do. Because if I damage this, we cannot continue in time.”
“As much as I can see in the past, I can see in the future.”
“My feelings confuse my thoughts. I see for the future the things I want them to be. My emotions show me the road which is not a true road, it is in my mind. I know that I can’t predict the future, and I don’t want to … What are we doing today is our life now. The art is to live now. If you live now, you have a beautiful life, you have a beautiful past, and you will have a beautiful future. It is very simple. This is the reason for good memories: the fear, the pain and the happiness … whatever you feel in the past doesn’t let you feel free to live now …”
“The biggest mistake that people make is that they think they can change some things. Humans are the only species in the planet who can lie to themselves, fool themselves … When they are in trouble, they never ask for questions they seek an answer … I leave myself free to believe in things, because if I wouldn’t, I would be crazy.”
“The secret is to know who you are. Because if you know who you are, you can put yourself to the community, stand in the right place … I try to know who I am, I know that I’m fooling myself, but I'm trying … I’m a human, I’m fooling myself :)”
“Most people say, 'let’s go somewhere' … But where? 'We’ll see, we’ll see …' And we never see anything …The big difference between humans and animals is that people value their actions too much … You today live, you die tomorrow, who cares? The most valuable is to make some people happy … I stand here and I see traces … the traces of this land from my grandfather, in this house, I see traces from the river down, because the stones for the house were taken from there. I see my traces from the last 10 years since I’m here ...”
In the period of 1919-1922, during the Balkan wars, when Izmir was burnt by the Turks, they collected the refugees from Greece and put them in camps. My grandmother came to Chios when she was 1, in my great grandmother’s hands. And 30 years later, in 1941, she took his one year old son back … When they crossed the sea and came to Turkey, people were collected like today (the refugees between Turkey and Chios) and sent to Syria. They didn’t leave them in Turkey because Turkey didn’t want the refugees, and Syria welcomed people. And now, 70 years later, they are coming to Chios, and people don’t want them … The majority does what television says. What it says, I don’t know, I don’t watch it."
“From the day you are born till the day you die, you are the same person. You can’t change. That you change through your memories, your action, it’s very small. You must be very high pragmatic mind to change the attitude of yourself…I don’t try to change my attitude. I live my life around my character. I’m sure I cannot change it…