SPQR, Senātus Populus que Rōmānus. (Senate, People and Roman)
Roman citizens were fortunate people who were alive in perhaps the best times of human history. Though technology and medicine were not as advanced as of today, there societal values were virtuous and nothing near the level of cultural degradation we see as of today through the current instagram and social justice culture we are experiencing. Morals and Ethics were at the forefront in daily life, and many stoic philosophers rose to the spot light under the reign of Roman Emperor’s.
The Eagle (Aquila) which symbolizes imperial rule, inspired the American bald Eagle and Nazi Germany’s Reichsadler. This masculine bird represents the government, and its signage emits a great deal of power. During long military campaigns abroad, losing the Aquila was the unthinkable thing, and if stolen, it had to be retrieved back at all costs.
Not only were they advanced in military might, statesmanship, philosophy and engineering, but they were also formidable city planners. They were site sensitive when choosing the locations of their settlements where they carefully planned their cities. Still so much urban virtue could be extracted from Roman archeoligcal sites as of today.
The Roman City of Priene, located in Modern day Turkey
The Roman and today’s modern man is essentially identical both in behavioral evolution and physiology. We are attracted to the same things, have the same needs and we behave the same, the only difference is our environment. So what worked for the Romans must also work for us. Through out history we can see many powerful leaders and influential merchants being notoriously aware of the virtuous Roman Legacy. They saw it as a deep and rich source of inspiration. For example: The Italian Renaissance.
The question is, could there be another modern Renaissance?
Current Western dogma teaches us that we should always be goal oriented and achieve more and more, sleep with instagram models, have tons of money, expensive cars and real-estate.
When I write “western”, I don’t mean that only westerners think through materialistic goals, The East has become even more fanatic about materialism, where counties such as Russia, Serbia, United Emirates, have become places which are run solely by materialist values, though the ideology was not born there. This year there has been a Black Friday in Kiev, Ukraine; I cannot recall American Indians having settlements there, so there you can see how the East always imitates the West, even if its highly culturally irrelevant.
What the West does not teach us however are things like how to cope with loss, times of despair, deteriorating health and death. Sure there are a ton of pychologists who would temporarily sedate and bombard us with all sorts of bullshit to cover up the underlying spiritual problem of our generation, but they rarely succeed in the long term, and frankly speaking why would they want to cure their clients? Afterall, the more chronically depressed people they have in need of help; the more money and status they make. Thus, why I put so much importance on the Stoics of Rome. Because their writings do possess long term mindset methods to deal with such natural but yet saddening occurrences.
I know how quickly time passes, and I know that eventhough I respect religion so much, I will never be a believer, thus I need my soul to be at rest as gravity pulls my molecules back down to its origins in earth with every passing day.
The only way for us to wake up and pull the plug out of this materialistic simulation that we were hooked into is to go knee deep into the Roman way of life and thought.