Super Hero Popularity As Symptom Of Cultural Failure

Do you remember when super hero lore was a fringe hobby for invisible dorkuses?

Those were the days.

Back then, if you saw a man wearing a Batman shirt, you assumed he had a learning disability. You felt sorry for him.

Praise be the day superheroes return to the ghettos of entertainment and pop culture where they belong.

Thought #28

Ability before understanding.

You’ll notice that individuals of low human capital don’t understand concepts like property rights, private ownership or small government.

Providing valuable services in exchange for money is an alien idea for these people.

For the feckless and incompetent, the right way to build wealth is to take money from others. The right way to keep wealth is to kill your victims when they try to get their money back.

Losers don’t develop skills, because they can’t. Losers don’t understand the concept of human capital, because they can’t. So, they just keeps it gangsta.

No ability, no understanding.

Pray For My Palate

I knew I had the China Virus when I woke up with no smell or taste in November.

Two months have past. I still haven’t regained use of my taste buds or fragrance sensors.

The only way I’m able to smell is by lowering my nose into a container of spice and inhaling deeply. Even then I’m only picking up a faint sensation. I can’t smell strong alcohol. Today, I was sniffing a bottle of Scotch to try and jump start the snout, and it was like apple juice.

So, the fun has been let out of eating. That’s a bummer, but it’s not the end of the world. What feels like the end of the world is that I cannot enjoy cigars. Not really anyhow.

Fine cigars are my anchor of evening relaxation. Smoking aged tobacco is a spiritual and wholesome fellowship with nature.

At least it was until the China Virus killed my face holes.

The nicotine euphoria of a cigar is still a good nightcap. And if I close my eyes and really search for the flavors notes, I’m sometimes lucky enough to pick up some light wood or a dull earth. But the complexity, the richness, the sweet release of the retrohale – dead.

I’ve been smoking budget cigars everyday. Why waste $15 sticks on a comatose tongue? So, each day I walk past 150 premium cigars aging and looking delicious in my cedar box humidor. I’m reading stories of supposedly permanent China Virus-related taste and smell loss.

Please pray for my palate’s safe return.

Boomer Parenting #23

The consensus of my children is that I’ve held them to high standards while offering little feedback. Apparently, they wish I’d been warmer and less quick to minimize their opinions.

In related news, the consensus among my new water ski instructor and I is that my children are high-maintenance pests. So, fire up the boat, Alejandro. Those ingrates won’t ruin my weekend water sports!

Daily Life In Ancient Rome

When studying ancient Rome, it is useful to pay particular attention to the first and second century A.D., a time when Roman wealth and influence reached its height. Historians are lucky that this generation of the Empire has bestowed us with the most comprehensive of records detailing Roman life. 


Daily Life In Ancient Rome by the great French historian, Jérôme Carcopino, is a fascinating reconstruction of this era. Below I’ve written about the note-worthy sections of his classic history book.

The Splendor of the Urbs


Trajan’s forum – peerless in grandeur as a display of wealth and military success – was an open administrative, commercial and civic center built in 106-112 AD by legendary architect Apollodorus of Damascus. The genius in the creation of the triumphal arch, Trajan’s column , the markets and the immense porticos left Romans of the later empire feeling impotent before the achievements of their ancestors. 

Society and Social Classes


During the first and second century of the ancient Roman Empire, there was a confusion of social values. The families of the patricians and the senators were wearing thin. So, there was an urgent need for new blood drawn from the humbler strata to revivify the aristocracy. 


Of course, drawing this new blood from the second-rate masses eventually exposed the Roman fatherland to great dangers and contamination. What a deadly paradox it was – for men of honest concern for the health of their government to delegate it’s administration to men fit for little more than slavery. 


As always happens when born slaves break chains and seize the levers of power, the middle class vanished, leaving no bourgeois buffer between a small plutocracy and the plebs too poor to survive without municipal doles. Under the insults of this degenerate system, wealth was not gained through toil or ingenuity, but only by paying favor to the emperor. 

During this time in the life of the Roman Empire, first came material comfort, and a loosening of standards in the spheres of social behavior and childrearing shortly followed. Sons were allowed to administer their own property without being deprived of their paternal inheritance. 


Not content to simply lessen the old severity, parents entertained their children’s every expensive whim. This, of course, led to a generation of useless idlers. This gradual eroding of parental authority continued on course. Finally, all remnants of parental authority disappeared with the parental right to oppose a match desired by their children. 

Feminism In Ancient Rome


Daily Life In Ancient Rome is yet more proof positive of the link between decadence and leftism. During the epoch in which we study, women came and went from the husband’s home of their own free will and had an “independence” equal if not greater than modern feminists. 

Feminism is not a novelty of modernity. Juvenal, 2nd century poet, depicts a series of scenes which show women quitting their embroidery, their reading, their song and lyre, to put their enthusiasm into an attempt to rival men, if not outclass them in every sphere. This abandonment of feminine responsibility reaped sterile marriages among the Roman people. 


Carcopino comments on the destructive consequences of this ancient women’s liberation movement. He writes, “By copying men too closely the Roman women succeeded more rapidly in emulating their vices than in acquiring their strength.” He continues, “…the looseness of their morals tended to dissolve family ties. ‘She lives with him as if she were only a neighbor'”.


Education and Religion


During more austere times, every parent was his child’s teacher. During our era of study, primary schooling was a serious part of public life. Like all institutions of government education, the teachers of the primary Roman schools were abusive, ill-intentioned halfwits. Our author remarks that, sadly, these schools corrupted and stupefied the students they were meant to instruct. This process rarely awoke any feeling of beauty or knowledge. 


I think that this evocative excerpt from the “Primary Education” section of the book sums up the scholastic situation well, “Instead of happy memories, serious and fruitful ideas, any sort of intellectual curiosity vital to later life, school children carried away the gloomy recollection punctuated by savage punishments.”

The anti-intellectualism that plagues our contemporary scientists and professors was rife during this period of ancient Rome as well. Romans could find little value in research and study for enjoyment’s sake. They were too focused on turning an immediate profit. They simply lifted ideas from old books without feeling the need to expand on or even verify the propositions. 


Roman scholars, like the academics (as they’re called) today, ignored the most pressing issues of the day – or flat out denied the existence of such issues. Instead, they spent their time mentally masturbating about hairbrained theories and abstractions. 


Tell me that these passages do not bring to mind our our exact situation in the modern world: “In short, they systematically confused artifice with art, and originality with the negation of naturethe more we reflect on their methods, the more it seems clear that they were incapable of turning out anything but parrots or third-rate play actors.


“Seneca disapproved of teaching methods which do not prepare men for life, but only pupils for school“.


“A morbid passion for the unusual and the extraordinary made common sense seem a defect..”.


1800 years later, human nature – try as it might – has changed very little. It really is uncanny.

Religion 


The theme of this post seems to be an acknowledgement that the 20th and 21st century Western world is more than a little resembling of the 1st and 2nd century of ancient Rome. 


Much like the citizens of the 20th century in the West, the behavior of the people in ancient Rome was still guided by a history of religious morality, but the spirit of the word of God had left their consciences. In every strata of society the irreligious were equally prey to superstition and taboo as were their pious counterparts that they despised. Sound familiar?


Literature 


Literature of the 2nd century was beyond perverted. Writers did not aim for beauty, but immediate acclaim and success. The link between literature and life was severed. Storytelling became little more than shallow word play. The most hideous of hacks believed in their own literary vocation. 

Leisure and Recreation


Ancient Romans enjoyed much more leisure time than us busy moderns. For every day of work, Romans were allowed a day of leisure!

Portrait Of An Emotional Vampire

Vampire: George, I’m making lunch. Would you like a sandwich?
George: Yes, please. 
Vampire: Do you want turkey or ham on your sandwich?
George: Ham, please.
Vampire: (feigning uncertainty) What?
George: Ham. 
Vampire: You said ham?
George: Yes. 
Vampire: So, it’s ham then?
George: Yes.
Vampire: Not turkey?
George: No. 
Vampire: Ham?
George: Yes.
Vampire: That’s what you want?

George: Yes.
Vampire: So, you want ham?
George: Yes! For the last time! Yes! Ham!

Vampire: Please don’t yell at me, George. It’s very abusive.

Pence Fails, Real Americans Step Up

I never trusted Vice President Pence. His cowardice is the ugly outcome of a long and storied tradition of surrender artistry. He should have been a man, choose the side of truth and virtue and tossed out all of the electors from the cheating states. Pence’s desire to do the right thing was not as strong as his desire to avoid the wrath of the Deep State. I believe it’s safe to assume that when President Trump begins his second term, Mike Pence will not be standing by his side. Imagine how embarrassed Pence’s family must be to watch his cowardice turn into betrayal of The Great God Emperor.

Hats off to the patriots that stormed the capitol today, preventing the cretins within from certifying the electors. I have two of these Trump 2020 Victory Cigars in toro aging in my humidor.

Can’t wait to light up when all and sundry are forced to admit that Trump isn’t going anywhere.

Kneel before your ruler.

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