Bread and Circuses

You always hear people talk about how we are getting less competent.  Most people can think of a grandparent or parent with an "in my day" story, referencing the hardship they had to overcome with significantly more competence than this generation ever could.

I also think of that when I study history, and you read about someone very accomplished; multi-lingual, well-read, innovative, community leader and public speaker.  I remember studying about Elizabeth I, and how at a young age she was an accomplished dancer and musician while also being considered a scholar, and then I'd think to myself, "What was I doing at 14?"  And that was a bit disheartening!

But all of these things have been comparative, comparing one generation to another, one time to another, and excuses can be made and factors weigh in the balance.  But recently, I've observed several things that just make you worry about the decline of this current culture!

My husband plays Family Feud on his phone, and as we all know, the answers are based on what "the survey says."  Theoretically, then, there is a pool of people somewhere that were surveyed and that is where the top answers come from.  So, when my husband recently played the question, "what are some things it is better to donate rather than throw away?" it was troubling to see that blood and money both made the answer board!

Who throws their blood away!?

When one takes into context that this is a culture now struggling with how to get people to stop eating Tide Pods, it's not that surprising!

I get it, we are a busy people.  I spend at least 10 hours a week maintaining my small house (cleaning, laundry, etc), about 8-10 hours at least on school, plus 40 hours a week at work, 8-10 hours in commute, and I average 10-12 hours a week of physical exercise.  On top of that, I average seven hours of sleep per night for a total of 49 hours a week of sleep.  Just for laughs, let's give one hour a day to hygiene/personal maintenance (which is far more than it takes me)  So that comes out to a lot of hours each week earmarked for what essentially comprises life maintenance.  And I assume most people are similar, though perhaps they allocate their hours differently.

Even still, this leaves me with nearly thirty hours a week to invest in being a little smarter than someone who thinks eating Tide Pods are a good idea or that throwing blood away is even an option.

We are a busy and fast paced culture, but we have way too much free time on our hands to not be informed, involved and trying a little harder than this.  Given the blessing that we have of technology and modern convenience, we should have more time than ever before to be creative,  develop skills, learn new things, have meaningful interactions and spend time helping others in need, such as the people answering survey questions for Family Feud!

Perhaps this is all by design, though.  We have a highly entertained, uninformed, logey and compliant populace.  And the powers that be can operate relatively unopposed.

"Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military high command, civil office, legions - everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses."  Juvenal, circa A.D. 100

If you are unfamiliar with the phrase "bread and circuses" do yourself a favor and look it up today!