I did a search and found these two older threads on this subject and they are worth a read, as well as revisiting, so I am creating this thread.
Bread and Circuses - The Opium Of The Masses
Bread and Circuses...
I don't think there is anyone on this site who is not familiar with the term "Bread and Circuses" (from Latin: Panem et Circenses). Just in case I
will give the definition;
A metaphor for a superficial means of appeasement. In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the creation of public approval, not
through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion; distraction; or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow
requirements of a populace, as an offered "palliative." Juvenal decried it as a simplistic motivation of common people. The phrase also
implies the erosion or ignorance of civic duty amongst the concerns of the common man.
In modern usage, the phrase is taken to describe a populace that no longer values civic virtues and the public life. To many, it connotes a
supposed triviality and frivolity that characterized the Roman Republic prior to its decline into the autocratic monarchy characteristic of the later
Roman Empire's transformation about 44 B.C.
This is from Wikipedia (yes I know), but the emphasis is mine. America has been likened to the Roman Empire in many instances throughout it's
existence. From our very beginning we have taken what we wanted and left the rest in ruins. Get on board or get left behind. Look at how we treat the
Natives of this land, even adding "American's" after Native. They are NOT Americans, we forced that on them, stripping them of their culture and
very way of life. We have herded them onto designated "Reservations" simply because they were in our way.
How long do you think it will be until we ourselves are herded onto "Reservations" of our own (of course I am referring to FEMA Camps)? From the
inside we are watching numerous events unfold that will ultimately lead to our undoing. Other people around the world are watching this from the
outside, some of them members right here on ATS and often they pop into threads where these issues are being discussed to share opinions from their
vantage point as it were. Some even create threads to warn us; like this thread from Tsu322
Americans, Be Careful
I sincerely hope I am wrong here, but I honestly don't think I am. We have passed the Point of No Return
! In fact, I believe we went flying
past it at breakneck speeds while updating our iphones during the commercials of the most popular reality TV shows so that we'll have something to
talk about with our friends thereby giving us a sense of being connected
... phew, that was a mouthful. We passed the point of affecting real
change, really making an impact on our future in a peaceful, positive way because we were distracted by all the fluff TPTB have laid out before us on
a silver platter. All this instant gratification via advanced technology has lulled us into haze. We no longer see the things that are happening in
plain site because we are too busy with all our favorite distractions.
The phrase Panem et Circenses was coined by the Roman satirist and poet Juvenal (circa A.D. 100) in his poem "Satire X: The Vanity of Human Wishes".
It is far too long to quote in it's entirety here, but worth noting the similarities of the soon to fall Roman Empire with the state of the US
currently. If anyone wants to read it in it's entirety here is a link to a translation I found "readable"
A brief synopsis:
The main theme of "Satire 10" concerns the myriad objects of prayers that people unwisely address to the gods: wealth, power,
beauty, children, long life, etc. Juvenal argues that each of these is actually a false good, and is only good so long as other factors do not
intervene. The poem is sometimes known by the title of Dr. Samuel Johnson’s 1749 imitation, “The Vanity of Human Wishes”, or sometimes “The
Futility of Aspirations”.
So in other words; when you wish for things that you desire that are of no real substance, it will backfire on you.
"Satire 10" is the source of the well-known phrases "mens sana in corpore sano" (“a healthy mind in a healthy body”, the only good really
worth praying for), and "panem et circenses" (“bread and circuses”, which Juvenal suggests are the only remaining cares of a Roman populace
which has given up its birthright of political freedom).
At this point we no longer have "healthy" minds, look at how often mental illness is referenced as a reason for tragic acts/events that we have seen
in recent times, most recently and notably the two horrific events in D.C. during the first week of the Shutdown! There's hardly a one of us who can
say we don't know anyone who is currently under the care of a therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist and/or taking medication for some form of
mental health diagnosis. And don't even get me started on our physical "health", we are the most unhealthy nation in the world! One can only
surmise that this is due entirely to our Bread and Circuses!!
The Global Elites, TPTB took notes from Rome and worked out the bugs... New World Order, here we come and we're pleasantly distracted the whole way