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Daily Obstruction: The New Gladiators

14 Jan

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“A long, lovely suicide”*

 

In the age of mass media, we don’t need gladiators.  We exact of our artists, actors, and athletes a sacrifice of blood and flesh.  They give their lives for our sins.  The commonweal is fed and more sacrificial victims are placed under the wheel.**

*- From Oscar Wilde’s quote, “The artistic life is a long, lovely suicide.”

**- See Hermann Hesse’s Under the Wheel.