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Mathew Naismith


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If it was allowed would an arena with gladiators fighting to the death prove popular in modern times?

I think it would be packed out myself which just show how bad our intellectual & moral selves have deteriorated back to sensationalism of the good old days of the Roman empire which has many similarities to the present empire we are living under today, what do you think?

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    Apr 19 2013: In the USA, I look upon our present-day politics and the norm of present-day capitalism as very much related to the coliseum activities of ancient Rome. Sometimes actual death occurs; sometimes it's just rejoicing over the economic and social destruction of one's opponents. Australia showed some growth in moral fortitude when it banned guns. The USA is not that evolved and, sad to say, may never be so. To answer specifically this hypothetical, I'm afraid there would be way too many who would enjoy watching such carnage... They may protect themselves by watching on television or online or in the underground venues where they'd most likely be held in today's world. But they'd be there. ... What a sad thought!

    No matter what advances humans have made over time, it is becoming clear in the last decade or so that we are regressing in many, many ways. In spite of some growth in human rights issues, we seem to spend just as much time as ever in destructive activities. Strange juxtapositions, in my view. Interesting question, Matthew.
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      Apr 19 2013: G'day Catya

      The type of arena used ,as you have said here, has changed that's all as we are just as aggressive & blood thirsty as ever, in actual fact I think it's more blood thirsty, how many people have actually died because of the financial arena even excluding the great depression which was a blood bath in one way or another? As I have stated by supplying facts that the Roman arenas weren't as blood thirsty as some people thought or obviously want to think but I can't say the same with the financial arena.

      If you take into consideration the drug companies in how they want to keep us sick even though it kills some of us I think we are actually less civilised & moral not more. Also I think Doctors being able to invest in drug companies is a sham to say the least as I know of a number of people who have died from taking too many pills at one given time.


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