The anti-monastic and anti-hesychastic spirit today
This New Age spirit, the secularized and syncretistic spirit (a blend of dogmas from various religions) has been submissively adopted by many people. We can observe that when somebody decides to become a monk or a priest… negative reaction by their very parents and relatives and close friends is a common practice. “What are you up to? Are you sure? Do you really mean to become a monk?” are some of the phrases they use.
This mind-set was not present among the Greek peoples before the Revolution (1821 A.D.). They loved both the monks and the nuns, which were considered exemplary models for the laity. Just read about Byzantium and its history.
Do you know how Constantinople was called? It was called “The Great Monastery”! This was the name of this great city, because it was full of monasteries; all of them inside its surrounding walls, not outside! I point that out, because nowadays people want monasteries to be placed away from them and from their lives as far as possible. They are afraid of being “contaminated” by the monks (their monastic habits), who walk and talk among us! This sick attitude, this mind-set was passed over to the orthodox by the heretic Protestants of the West, and, in a sense, deeply destroyed our subconscious, the very deep parts of the Greek soul…