Enter the Gladiators

Paglia again:
[College students today have] no sense of the great patterns of world history, the rise and fall of civilisations like Babylon and Rome that became very sexually tolerant, and then fell. If you’ve had no exposure to that, you can honestly believe that ‘There is progress all around us and we are moving to an ideal state of culture, where we all hold hands and everyone is accepted for what they are … and the environment will be pure…’ – a magical utopian view that we are marching to perfection. And the sign of this progress is toleration – of the educated class – for homosexuality, or for changing gender, or whatever.

“To me it’s a sign of the opposite, it’s symptomatic of a civilisation just before it falls: ‘we’ are very tolerant, not passionate, but there are bands of vandals and destroyers circling around the edge of our civilisation who will bring it down.”
As if to further advance the similarity between ourselves and the fall of the Roman Republic, gladiatorial games are set to resume.


Eric Blair said...

Oh please. Not until they are gutting each other with swords will I buy the idea that gladiators have returned.

Some of that MMA stuff almost qualifies, as it appears to me that people really want to see blood, but it will never be popular.

Ymar Sakar said...

MMA doesn't qualify. Extreme sports may though. For Europe, the soccer riots are pretty close.