Ode to Joy!

Today morning i was listening the “Ode to Joy”, one of my favorite pieces.

I searched for some videos and the following got my attention:

This piece is so overwhelming, that tears came to my eyes, again, while watching it, so i decided to lean the lyrics and sing along with it.

I suggest that you should do the same, it’s an excellent exercise for a Sunday’s morning 🙂


“An die Freude”

“Ode to Joy”

“Ωδή στη χαρά”

Freude, schöner Götterfunken, Joy, beautiful sparkle of the gods, Χαρά, απ’ τις θεές πιο ωραία,
Tochter aus Elysium, Daughter of Elysium! των Ηλυσίων κόρη,
Wir betreten feuertrunken, We enter, fire-drunk, πυρά πιωμένοι προχωρούμε,
Himmlische, dein Heiligtum! Heavenly one, your shrine. στο καταφύγιό σου, Θεία!
Deine Zauber binden wieder Your magic again binds Η μαγεία σου ξαναενώνει,
Was die Mode streng geteilt; What custom has firmly parted. ό, τι εχώρισε ο συρμός,
Alle Menschen werden Brüder All men become brothers όλοι οι άνθρωποι είναι αδέλφια,
Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt. Where your tender wing lingers. στο δικό σου το φτερό.
Wem der große Wurf gelungen Whoever has had the great fortune Όποιος ένοιωσε ευλογία,
Eines Freundes Freund zu sein; To be a friend’s friend, φίλος του φίλου να γενεί,
Wer ein holdes Weib errungen Whoever has won a devoted wife, και χαρά ας έχει όποιος
Mische seinen Jubel ein! Join in our jubilation! σύζυγο αξιώθηκε πιστή!
Ja, wer auch nur eine Seele Indeed, whoever can call even one soul, Όποιοι ψυχή πιστή τους έχουν
Sein nennt auf dem Erdenrund! His own on this earth! ας μπουν στον αίνο μας αυτό!
Und wer’s nie gekonnt, der stehle And whoever was never able to, must creep Κι από τον κύκλο μας ας φύγουν
Weinend sich aus diesem Bund! Tearfully away from this band! με κλάμα, οι μοναχοί, πικρό.
Freude trinken alle Wesen All creatures drink of joy Χαρά τα πλάσματα βυζαίνουν,
An den Brüsten der Natur; At nature’s breast. από της Φύσης τον μαστό.
Alle Guten, alle Bösen Just and unjust Όλοι οι καλοί, όλοι οι φαύλοι
Folgen ihrer Rosenspur. Alike taste of her gift; ακολουθούν το ρόδο αυτό.
Küsse gab sie uns und Reben, She gave us kisses and the fruit of the vine, Φιλιά μας έδωσε και φρούτα,
Einen Freund, geprüft im Tod; A tried friend to the end. φίλο ως τον θάνατο πιστό,
Wollust ward dem Wurm gegeben [Even] the worm has been granted sensuality, χαρά γεμάτα τα σκουλήκια,
und der Cherub steht vor Gott. And the cherub stands before God! κι οι άγγελοι μπρος στον Θεό!
Froh, wie seine Sonnen fliegen Gladly, as His heavenly bodies fly Χαρά, όπως στρέφονται οι πλανήτες,
Durch des Himmels prächt’gen Plan On their courses through the heavens, που έσπειρε Αυτός στον ουρανό.
Laufet, Brüder, eure Bahn, Thus, brothers, you should run your race, Χαρά, μ’ αυτήν εμπρός στην νίκη,
Freudig, wie ein Held zum siegen. Joyful, like a hero going to conquest. σαν ήρωες, αδέλφια, μπρος!
Seid umschlungen, Millionen! You millions, I embrace you. Ενωθείτε Μυριάδες,
Diesen Kuß der ganzen Welt! This kiss is for all the world! για τον κόσμο όλο το φιλί
Brüder, über’m Sternenzelt Brothers, above the starry canopy πάνω απ’τ’αστέρια, αδέλφια,
Muß ein lieber Vater wohnen. There must dwell a loving Father. γλυκός Πατέρας κατοικεί!
Ihr stürzt nieder, Millionen? Do you fall in worship, you millions? Τον προσκυνάτε, Μυριάδες;
Ahnest du den Schöpfer, Welt? World, do you know your creator? Τον Πλάστη σου, γνωρίζεις, Γη;
Such’ ihn über’m Sternenzelt! Seek him in the heavens Ψάξε Τον πάνω από τ’ αστέρια,
Über Sternen muß er wohnen. Above the stars must He dwell. στους ουρανούς, που κατοικεί


Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” Lyrics, Translation, and History

Ode to Joy – Wikipedia

Anthem of Europe

Ludwig van Beethoven – Ode an die Freude ( Ελληνικά μετάφραση)


Empowering Gender Equality

I came across the following article yesterday.

Well, this is a very interesting study, as it provides us with interesting findings, supporting the need for empowering gender equality in businesses.

Working in a company which applies gender equality at all its levels, i would like to share the belief that nothing compares to the feeling of being given the same opportunities and respect which is given to male colleagues.

That’s the key to success, because it allows us to be more creative, productive and efficient at every project. So, please, dear men-driven companies, do not underestimate your women colleagues and you will be surprised by the results!


Photograph by Guido Mieth—Getty Images/Flickr RM


New Proof That More Female Bosses Equals Higher Profits

Feb 08, 2016

Still not convinced that gender diversity is good for the bottom line? Maybe this will do it.

On Monday, the Peterson Institute for International Economics and professional services firm EY released a study that reveals a significant correlation between women in leadership and company profitability.

The report found that companies with at least 30% female leaders had net profit margins up to 6 percentage points higher than companies with no women in the top ranks. Interestingly, it did not find any notable difference in the performance of female and male CEOs, and was unable to determine whether having female board members helped or hurt companies in any way.

This report is not the first to find that gender diversity has a positive impact on profitability, though it is the most extensive.

Read the full story here




Greece: Priorities for a Return to Sustainable Growth (IMF)

Author/Editor: International Monetary Fund. European Dept.

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

Electronic Access: Free Full text (PDF file size is 3309 KB). Use the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this PDF file


Despite the policy constraints imposed by its membership in the currency union, Greece has made significant progress in unwinding its macroeconomic imbalances. But extensive fiscal consolidation and internal devaluation have come with substantial costs for society, which contributed to delays in reform implementation and to policy reversals since the last Article IV Consultation, culminating in a renewed crisis of confidence in 2015. Since then, the situation has stabilized, and growth is estimated to have resumed modestly in 2016. Notwithstanding the substantial progress achieved by Greece, it still faces fundamental challenges: (i) a vulnerable structure of the public finances; (ii) significant tax evasion and an ineffective tax administration; (iii) impaired bank and private sector balance sheets; and (iv) pervasive structural obstacles to investment and growth. Moreover, its public debt remains highly unsustainable, despite generous official relief already provided by its European partners. Addressing these remaining challenges and restoring debt sustainability are essential to creating a vibrant and dynamic private sector capable of generating sustainable and equitable growth and employment.

Series: Country Report No. 17/40

Good bye Human Living; Welcome Artificial Living! (Shivadhar Soma)

“Today a person is subjected to more new information in a day than a person in the middle ages in his entire life!

From the time the world started going into digitisation, we have been punching data and more of it. The machines started replacing humans and started generating tons of data as their birthright. Their job is to make data, more data and much more. Over a period of time, there was so much of it that the bytes have become kilobytes, from kilo to mega, mega to giga, giga to tera, tera to peta, peta to exa, exa to zetta… phew! Did we start to lose our mojo? And the belief in super human powers?

Read more here

White Paper on the future of Europe: reflections and scenarios for the EU27


The White Paper presented by the European Commission on 1 March sets out possible paths for the future of Europe. We face a great many challenges, from globalisation, to the impact of new technologies on society and jobs, to security concerns and the rise of populism, and we must ensure we are not overwhelmed but rather that we seize the opportunities that these trends present.

This is why the White Paper offers five scenarios for the Union’s evolution, depending on the choices we will make.

The White Paper marks the start, not the end, of this debate. The next step will be the Rome Summit on 25 March. There, leaders of the European Union will come together to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, reflecting on past achievements and debating what our shared future could and should look like.

Work will thereafter continue in earnest so that we have a plan, a vision and a way forward to present to the people by the time we hold European Parliament elections in June 2019.

It is for all of us to have a say: we have Europe’s future in our own hands.

Read more here