Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bread and Circuses

Wikipedia: "This phrase originates from Rome in Satire X of the Roman poet Juvenal (circa 100 AD ). In context, the Latin phrase panem et circenses (bread and circuses) identifies the only remaining cares of a Roman populace which has given up its birthright of political involvement. Here Juvenal displays his contempt for the declining heroism of his contemporary Romans. Roman politicians devised a plan in 140 B.C. to win the votes of the poor: giving out cheap food and entertainment, "bread and circuses", would be the most effective way to rise to power."

(please indulge the following quotation; you will understand why I cited it in just a moment)

Steve Simmons, Toronto Sun, July 18, 2011: "TORONTO - Are Toronto fans the most loyal and financially supportive in all of sports — or are they just the biggest suckers?

"In the wake of a recent ESPN report labelling Toronto the worst sports city in North America — and on the field ESPN was bang on with its assessment — what is difficult to quantify is the correlation between ticket sales, revenue and team performance in this city.

"What may actually be true is this: Toronto sports fans will pay more for less than anyone anywhere else in the sports world. That should, by some definition, label them, us, as one of the best, not worst, sport cities in terms of actual dollars generated. The generosity of the Toronto sports fan appears unmatched anywhere.

"And who else supports such junk so regularly and so willingly?

"Of all that is baffling in this town that celebrates but barely reaches .500, nothing makes less sense than Toronto FC, that annual embarrassment of a soccer team.

"It is bad enough that Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment thrust the high-priced Maple Leafs and now locked out Raptors upon this populous: MLSE’s inability to do anything but make money takes on a whole new proportion when it comes to its soccer team.

"This is Year 5 for FC in Major League Soccer. FC has never been any good and this is the worst season yet. The team has never won more than 10 of 30 games and has all of three wins this year.

"And you know what?

"Toronto FC is 3rd in the MLS in attendance, down all of 577 a game from a season high a year ago. For reasons no one can really explain, we just accept this garbage and harrumph about it from time to time. We make a little noise, we threaten, we phone the local radio station, we talk about protesting, and then, when all that is done, we buy tickets.

"Because we don’t have anything better to do."

The above article is a most interesting admission on behalf of this sports writer, who certainly did not realize what he was saying.  He basically admits that the people of Toronto have assumed the role of cattle, which are milked by the upper class elites.  Their continual spending of money in search of their "circuses" has essentially given the powerful men who run the show the licence to run a mediocre show, without needing to be dynamic, or fun or creative.

Let's parallel this with the many other forms of garbage that pass as entertainment in this wretched continent, and we will see more of the same.

Well let's have a little talk about the kinds of people who follow sports (not just Toronto sports, but professional sports in general), or movies, bands and "pop culture" in general:

1) They are often quite mentally capable, whizzes with numbers and statistics, having the memory of a steel trap.  They can remember their favorite team's roster for the past seven years, how many championships they won, and which players were on the field for each win.  Or they can easily list off all the tour dates for their favorite band, let alone flawlessly recite the lyrics of their entire discography.

2) They (collectively) command great resources, paying for high priced tickets, box seats, drinks, food, memorabilia, etc.

Isn't it pretty obvious?  You, the people, are inherently capable, and powerful, indeed commanding a collective wealth of resources, that united for justice, would put the crooked politicians packing (or better still, behind bars).  But you need to shake off the chains that (you allow to) bind you before you can realize this power.

Forget about "your" sports teams and rock bands, "your" Hollywood stars and amusement parks.  Most of all, forget about "your" elected officials, because it is very clear that they do not have the people's best interest at heart, but their own pocket books and those of their wealthy friends.  Get interested in real issues and educate yourself on them, so that you redirect your efforts and resources to educating others.  Gain knowledge of what's going on in the world, and do something positive and constructive about it, rather than exchanging your natural God-given human rights for mere bread and circuses.

Mr. Simmons, might as well have said: "The US Federal Government is broke, and knew they were heading there, but went on a spending spree just the same. For reasons no one can really explain, we just accept this garbage and harrumph about it from time to time. We make a little noise, we threaten, we phone the local radio station, we talk about protesting, and then, when all that is done, we vote in more of the same."

It's not time for a new President, Governor, etc., but for a new socio-politico-economic system, which is in line with Natural Law and God's revealed religion.  And by the way, this does not apply only to the United States:

Justice E.A. Marshall, Justice of The Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta [MP Wilton Littlechild v. Citizens of Canada, Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta Docket No. 9012000725, Dec 10, 1990]: "I know of no legal duty on an elected representative at any level of government to consult with his constituents or determine their views. While such an obligation may generally be considered desirable, there is no legal requirement."

What Must You Do To Get to Heaven?

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