Statesboro, GA, USA
Though I don't agree with every aspect of this article, I think many of the parallels between America and ancient Rome are striking and worthy of consideration. Don't get me wrong, I am an American and love my country. But "blind" patriotism (mentioned in another thread) disturbs me also. Rome went through a kind of thing where the "romish" way was viewed as superior just because. Whenever a culture takes on this attitude, laziness of mind, will, and spirit set in. Prosperity then only adds to the obesity and pride of the nation. And "pride goes before a fall". Rome seemed reluctant to ever look at herself critically, and so disasters began to multiply. The emperors even demanded worship as "God". Which adds another point...Democracy or any form of government (and the decisions thereof) should never be worshipped or put on a pedestal just because we think it is always right or the best. We should continue to look and examine ourselves and tweak our policies. Our forefathers did so.
As to the religious aspect, the phrase "God bless America" is popular right now. But isn't this often just a way of saying "Our ways are Divine, and let providence prove it"? Don't misunderstand me here either, I am a Christian and believe in God. But if we really worshipped him as a God who God indeed, we would not be able to dictate to him as we do (yet in reality we can't, this is evident from the disasters that are befalling us). Perhaps those of us who believe in God should be asking him what's going on and why these things are happening, rather than trying to convince him that he too should be the democratic type. In a way the evanescent appeal to patriotic religion is a mere lip service to God, while we go on worshipping the idols of our making. I am not of a "doom and gloom" mentality, but on the whole I think I fear for the future of America.
[This message has been edited by Stephanos (edited 10-22-2001).]