di·vin·i·ty (noun \də-ˈvi-nə-tē\): the state of being a god : the state of being divine: a god or goddess: the formal study of religion, religious practices, and religious beliefs
Part Three: By Lara/ Trace
Could America have amnesia about it’s eerie uncanny resemblance to the Roman Empire?
You have to look with a wide lens. First, you have to know WHO you are praying to… and who put them there.
Being divine or believing in one god or any god did not apply to all people. In early Rome, and in many early organized religions, men only were divined to be Emperor, Conqueror, Law Maker, Land Owner, Slaveholder, Priest.
In Ancient Rome, one tenth of one percent held all political and social power, with senators and governors its ruling class. Concepts that originated in the Roman constitution live on today. America borrowed checks and balances, the separation of powers, vetoes, filibusters, quorum requirements, term limits, impeachments, the powers of the purse, and regularly scheduled elections. Even block voting found in the electoral college, originate in the Roman constitution.
How little has changed… parts of this planet still have the same rules and rulers and ruling class who have maintained power for generations and centuries. Even the American “treaty” with Indians is an invention of Rome!
Here in America, a land of opportunity for boatloads of immigrants, they had the chance to be different. Yet we see workers (slaves) will destroy acres, pollute land, sky and water and rob other people, just to make the rich people richer.
In Indian country, children make us rich, but not in a monetary sense. They are as important as wind and rain and sun – a child is every bit as important as an elder. Children are the future. Our chiefs and leaders were chosen for their personal sacrifice and generosity, not avarice and greed.
Divinity didn’t have a place in Indian Country. Divinity was brought over on the boats.
Those aristocratic Romans enjoyed such savagery, feeding people to lions and other animals. They enslaved others. They adopted male heirs. Even death and torture was entertainment. (You might say our prison system is similarly cruel.)
“Owning or killing people was as natural to Romans as water running downhill… Who can comprehend a father tossing an infant into the village dung heap for being female, sick or a surplus mouth to feed. The Romans were not offended, especially if the father followed the law and invited five neighbors to examine the baby before he left it to die,” according to Lewis Lord, author of “Bread and Circuses in the Year One: Life Under Augustus was dirty, brutal and short” (page 76 – 79, The Ancient World, Mysteries of History, US News and World Report Special Edition, 2004.)
The Roman family was called familia, from which Latin word ‘family’ is derived. The familia could include the triad: two parents and children (biological or adopted), as well as slaves and grandparents. (See Jane F. Gardner’s “Family and Familia in Roman Law and Life” reviewed by Richard Saller in The American Historical Review, Vol. 105, No. 1. (Feb., 2000), pp. 260-261.) The adoption of male children brought families together and allowed continuity for certain families to RULE and carry on their family name. This is a patriarchy – men rule the family. Men even believed children were not human until they walked and talked in Roman times.
Again, it doesn’t seem much has changed. Historians think a combination of factors: Christianity, decadence, lead poisoning, monetary trouble, and military problems caused the Fall of Rome. Might those be the reasons if the American Empire falls? American has become the home of greed, world dominance, fear and corruption just like Rome.
I ask you, what is divinity? How is America different than Rome?
With a few computer key strokes, the (NASA) agency has solved the problem that has bedeviled world powers since at least the time of Caesar Augustus: how to control unruly local leaders, who are the foundation for imperial rule, by ferreting out crucial, often scurrilous, information to make them more malleable. The NSA’s global panopticon thus fulfills an ancient dream of empire.