Panem Et Circenses is the Latin phrase uttered by Juvenal, a Roman poet active in the late first and early second century, referring to the people’s superficial appeasement to prevent them from revolting. “Bread and circuses” is the colloquial translation of that age-old phenomenon.
In the Roman Empire, to appease the public, gladiators fought each other in the circus, a large round stadium, with representatives of the public voting to preserve the life of the loser in the battle, in modern-day cinematography best depicted by the popular movie Gladiator, with Russell Crowe as the lead actor.
Today, the battle to appease the public plays out between the “gladiators” of two political parties, between the republican and democratic candidates for Congress, consisting of the House and Senate, and the Presidency.
The outcome, not unlike in Roman times, appeases the public by making them feel important when, in reality, their preference is artificially bound, makes them forget about reality, and does not improve their status quo fundamentally.
“There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who believe there are two kinds of people in this world and those who are smart enough to know better.”Tom Robbins
Pertinent to this week’s Presidential election, let me remind you a President does not make law.
Democratic False Positives
A democracy relies on the notion that the coagulating wants of humanity yield the excellence of human needs. As a responsible parent, you know that to be a solipsistic fallacy.
A child’s desire to eat ice-cream every day is a want, with such addictive caloric intake not benefitting the child’s evolutionary need. Such a habit diminishes, not improves the quality of life to come.
An asset manager’s desire to whitewash investment allocation strategies with democratically endorsed sustainability is equally flawed. Sustainability does not exist anywhere in the universe and is a false proxy to evolutionary excellence. Once again proving human wants to be unrealistic and detrimental to our own progress.
Nature’s Authority Is Reality
The opinions of humanity and what we want or believe do not matter to nature. Nature’s principles dictate the excellence and life-span of all species, including the human species. I hasten to add, operating in a much more eloquent, lenient, and patient form than the brutal vile-maxims deployed by humans.
That stance not made more clear than when an astronaut on the international space station wonders why the beautiful planet he looks down on is inhabited by people so intent on soiling it with manmade fabrications incompatible with nature’s rule.
We must convert our failing democracy into an evolutionary meritocracy. A meritocracy in which the first-principles of nature, not the circus of selfish interests of humanity packaged as the appeasement to bewildering wants, define the value of merit.
You can fool all the people some times, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.Bob Marley