iam pridem, ex quo suffragia nulli uendimus, effudit curas; nam qui dabat olim imperium, fasces, legiones, omnia, nunc se continet atque duas
tantum res anxius optat, panem et circenses.
Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out
military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses
(Juvenal, Satire 10.77–8 *
What does it mean?
"Bread and circuses" (or Bread and games) (from Latin: panem et circenses) is a metaphor for handouts and petty amusements that politicians use
to gain popular support, instead of gaining it through sound policy. The phrase is invoked not only to criticize politicians, but also to criticize
their supporters for giving up their civic duty.
You are being played and you are being distracted.
The media, the politicians (all parties), the demagogues, the pundits, the bankers ... but mostly each other.
Who is "YOU?"
The partisans, the 'true believers,' the haters, the fear mongers, the people who post and say divisive ignorant crap and those who swallow it and
Getting a little tired of this nonsense ...
Birth certificates, race baiting, religious and intellectual fundamentalism, intolerance, all this daily idiocy is just freaking BREAD and
It is there to distract us ...
And we fall for it, we keep indulging ... no ... thriving in this ignorant state.
Yes yes I know, who the hell am I to tell you what you or cannot think, Bush/Obama IS the devil so why shouldn't I say it?
Please, stop embarrassing yourself, ATS, and the rest of us. Your house is on fire and all you can think about is wallpaper.
And as to the rest of us ... can we stop responding to this nonsense, if we allow ourselves to be content with said 'bread and circuses' we will
have no one to blame but ourselves.
Or we can all carry on as we are ...
[edit on 17 Jul 2009 by schrodingers dog]