If I were to be honest with myself, entertainment is probably the number one thing my heart seeks. My heart seeks to have fun by being entertained through video games, people, sports, and the like. I know I’m not the only one like this. Western society, particularly America, pushes for entertainment and happiness like Bernie Sanders pushes for the downfall (or maybe fair treatment depending on your perspective) of cooperate America. That is to say entertainment is highly regarded and sought after in America. Some people say we should study history so we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past. With that idea in mind let’s visit one of the greatest theaters of entertainment of all time: the Ancient Roman Colosseum.
Rome was an incredibly powerful nation that controlled the European world for several hundred years. Eventually, corruption began to seep into the Rome. The emperors attempted to keep civilians happy by providing them “bread and circuses” or in modern words food and entertainment. As the power of Rome weakened, the spectacularity of the circuses rose and the food became more abundant. The Roman Colosseum was the location of the most spectacular events of all. People lived simply so that they could watch the proceedings of the Colosseum. The emperors of Rome knew this and made the Colosseum all the more extravagant. Instead of being concerned with the barbarians invading the outskirts of Roman land, people only wanted to see the next gladiator fight in the Colosseum. The entertainment Rome provided caused people’s minds to shift from worthwhile things to not so worthwhile things. The “bread and circuses” of Rome ruined society and partially led to her downfall. Entertainment truly is capable of ruining a society. We must ask ourselves: how similar is our society like that of Ancient Rome? Will our downfall be our own desire for entertainment? Will history repeat itself?