Are we really living the end of an empire? We witness the wickedness of men and corporations. The humanity and honor they may have had, seem to have been lost. The code is breaking down. Everyday the news shows more killings, brothers with their brothers’ blood on their hands in wars, fights started frivolously. Catullus, a Roman poet wrote that Fides (trust in fate) and Amor (love) only flourish if accompanied by Pietas. Pietas is not piety in old Rome; it is the compassionate code leading to harmony. As soon as a society forgets this, it starts to disintegrate by greed and “men who banished justice from their greedy souls” in Catullus’ words about Ceasar.
This is where we are at in the US. Many of our leaders moreover are Perfidus (you all got that, isn’t it?) and Immemor, forgetful of things said and promised and what is more indifferent. So promise after promise is broken en dignity and ahimsa immaterial in their eyes. Not in mine, but then for me Fides and Pietas never had the meaning of blind belief and piety that it acquired through religion.
Clowns from Amsterdam
7 years ago