Last night, we discussed, among other things, the logical poverty of providing one sided gifts to others on an individual level, within the community and nation, and then on an international level. One of the “studies” we cited involved seeing how a group of “humanitarians” would run the world, vs a group of “authoritarians.” Tonight will be a sort of Part II on that study.
When Cæsar walked the straight streets of ancient Rome, he did so boldly and assuredly – and why wouldn’t he? Pater Patriae, he had proven himself countless times on battlefields near and far. If he walked as a conqueror, well, that was what he was. Against other peoples, against rival Romans, against the very stagnating conventions of the dying Republic whose revival of Avctóritás was a Rvbicón-crossing away for one bold and capable enough – he had been bold and capable enough, and now the golden Sun of prosperity and joy shone on the streets he was proud to walk as chief and protector.
The last great threat and rival for whom the transforming Republic had not been big enough, Pompeivs the Great, had been vanquished – and his son, also, in a last desperate bid against Destiny. The people of Rome loved Cæsar, recognized in him the man not only capable of safeguarding their land but of truly understanding and even, in his way, loving them. Even the querulous and undoubtedly jealous Senate knew better than to oppose him now, and Cæsar’s presiding over that body’s meetings as principal and final judge made clear that they needed him now and not vice versa. Yes, Cæsar’s success was certainly final and lasting. The great internal battles and need for purity of purpose were gone. Everything was accomplished, and peace achieved. How shocking and strange, then, were the uncanny words of the strange soothsayer from the crowd that fateful day:
BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH
Cæsar paused – what a strange chill had swept through the open air on that sunny day in Spring! And how the strange words, rather quiet, almost hoarse even, had cut right through the babble of the contented crowd, going on as if nothing were amiss. Had anyone else heard the voice and its ridiculous warning? Who said that?
During its healthy centuries (during those centuries before subversive inundation of Middle Eastern corruption), Rome stood out among the other, for this reason mostly vanquished, peoples by merit of two important factors. The first was a healthy cultural identity and a strong tradition of preserving custom and upholding values. This was common to all successful peoples in that more honest and natural (more harsh and demanding) epoch, and forms the basis first of the tribe and then of the kingdom. It was also the prerequisite, however, of that second notable quality that made Rome unique, and that acquired universally their Latin term to describe Imperivm.