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Ego Romanus es?

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Submitted by Mohammed Waza Khiddif Id'ullah (Australia), Sep 18, 2015 at 07:47

f you aren't a 21st Century "Roman", I certainly am. In Paul's day, the world map looked like THIS. Mr. Lessman gives us an indication of where the power centers were, with the font size he uses: The great powers of the day were:

  1. The Roman Empire, and
  2. The Han Dynasty (China)

What a great map - I can see my 'tribes' represented - Hiberni, Friisi, Saxons.

But how do the define empire? If it's geographic sprad then Paleo Siberians, ?Finno-Ugrics and even Australian aboriginals would outran Chinese at that time. Interesting to see Finns being further south than Stockholm.

. The dark green areas on the following MAP-1 show the countries you can travel in for 90 days without a visa.

I didn't realise the USA let Aussies in so freely now. Must have happened when the Aud$ was at Usd$1.10 and lots of ads appeared promoting Califirnia, the Rockies etc. First and last time I tried to apply for a visa to the US I had to go to the Embassy in Martin Place, get searched to the extent of takig off socks and shoes and pass through a metal detector. My thoughts at the time were 'F$#k this. I haven't even got to the USA yet. Outta here'. Maybe they waive the visa now - but they take your fingerprint. Even though our passports now have bio chips.

That should illustrate the extent of the "empire" we both live in; and it also hints at the great benefit there is, in holding an Australian or American passport. It is that sort of benefit that Paul could rely on as a natural-born Roman (His native city of Tarsus was classed as a Roman colony, which gave him Roman citizenship).

I can see the analogy. Actually , my own personal options are a little wider - as I'm an EU national as well as a born and bred Aussie.

" We may have an equivalent time frame before us, or less, when we, too, will experience horrors like those of 70 C.E."

Nothing is guaranteed, good or bad. Time to head for the hills if things ever really got that bad on this little sandbar stuck way out in the Pacific.

"I disagree. The six million Jews who died in the death camps were not cowards. Neither were the Christian martyrs. Given their circumstances, they were courageous."

Some had choices - die by their captor's hand or suicide or attempt escape. Some threw themselves onto electric fences. But some escaped and joined partisan groups and took as many down as they could. I'd seek revenge and attempt the latter I'm sorry to say.

"The cowards were the ones who turned them over to the authorities in order to save themselves. "

Agree - gutless POS are in every age.

"You and I don't control our lives, or our deaths; God does."

I hate how muslims just throw their arms into the air and say it's all allah's will. I hope you're not saying something similar. That's such a weak cop-out from taking responsibility and is a very big part of the reason their societies never progressed or did so in a very slipshod fashion. Effort in the right direction is required - and then things seem to flow smoothly, happy coincidences occur etc.


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