I note (Cyprus Mail, May 13) that the new political party – ‘People’s Spirit’ – considers cremation, among other things like enjoying football and shopping on a Sunday, an attack on Greek identity. Greeks practised cremation thousands of years BC, and today, there should be no “spiritual crisis”, as Pnoi Laou party founder Athos Kyranides puts it, with regard to cremation not being “part of the norm” because “one, two, three, or five people” seek it.
Actually I have well over 11,500 supporters seeking this means of disposal, many of whom are Greek Cypriots. There are now more alternative Faith followers across Cyprus as compared with practising Greek Orthodox followers and it is the former who look ahead to join the hundreds of countries and millions of people who embrace cremation as sensible, spiritually sound – and in our case fully needed in this small island. By all means look backwards (as is all too common in Cyprus) and revere the past, but recognise that it is the future which will bring about increasing economic success, social maturity, and international respect.
But since this new party wishes to disband in seven years, I don’t want to appear unkindly dismissive, but should we in any case be unduly bothered by its somewhat archaic and unprogressive mind-set?
Clive Turner, Paphos