P O M P E I A N
P R O V E R B S
L O S  D'  M A X I M A L
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B A C K
II.)  THE PARADOX
WE CAME HERE AS UTOPIANS -
IN SEARCH OF OUR TRUE EMPIRE - REAL OR IMAGINED -
THIRSTING TO FULLFILL OURSELVES
IN A MORE DYNAMIC ENVIROMENT -
OR CREATE A SELF FULLFILLING PROPHECY

TO PROVE WE ARE NOT TAKING THIS ALL TO SERIOUSLY -
AND TO ESCAPE PERSECUTION -
WE PUT THINGS POETICALLY -
AS OUR CONCLUSIONS ARE BASED AS MUCH ON MISUNDERSTANING
AS UNDERSTANDING

OVID THE MOST GIFTED REBEL HAS TAUGHT US MUCH

THE EMPEROR IS FUNNY -
NARROW MINDED - SELF RIGHTEOUS - AND SEEING ONLY BLACK & WHITE -
IF MAKING COMMON KNOWLEDGE SEEM LIKE GENIUS WAS AN ART
HE WOULD BE OVID

WHAT WE HAVE IS VERY NICE -
AT LEAST WE ARE NOT STARVING IN THE CENTER OF THE EMPIRE -
BUT IT IS STILL VERY ODD -
ECONOMICS - WORK - POVERTY - ALIENATION - LACK OF FREEDOM -
AND LIVING IN BOXES -
IT SEEMS THAT THE BOUNDARIES THAT DISTINQUISH & DIVIDE US
FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD
ALSO RESTRICT - CONFINE - AND IMPRISON US AS WELL

ROME SHOULD EXCLUDE NOTHING - AS THE SOUL OF ROME IS INFINITE -

THE INFINITE EXCLUDES NOTHING -
AND THE INFINITE REGISTERS ITSELF IN THIS WORLD WTH VARIETY -

THE VISIBLE WORLD IS BUT A MASK THE INFINITE ASSUMES -
AND THERE IS NO END TO THE MASKS - NOR THE SEASONS & CYCLES OF TIME
 
THERE ARE SEASONS FOR QUESTING - NESTING - & UNDERSTANDING -
AND SEASONS FOR THE SATYR - SOLDIER - & STOIC
ROME KNOWS THIS -

BUT IT DOES NOT TRULY APPRECIATE THIS -
AND SOME ARE LEFT TO STRUGGLE AGAINST THE NATURE OF THINGS -
WITH NEVER A CLUE NEAR TO UNDERSTAND WHAT LIFE
IS ABOUT BEFORE IT IS OVER

WE CHOOSE TRANQUILITY OVER HAPPINESS
WHILE WE SURROUND OURSELVES WITH THE EPHEMERA OF OUR CIVILIZATION

AND IT IS BECAUSE WE ARE TOO CIVILIZED
THAT WE LUST FOR BLOOD AND CRAVE THE GAMES

THOUGH THE REAL DIVINITY OF ROME LIES NOT IN ITS POWER OVER OTHERS
BUT IN ITS POWER OVER ITSELF

ROME AFFIRMS THE RIGHTNESS OF THE WORLD AS IT IS

& WE BECOME DIVINE NOT BY STICKING OUT MORE
BUT BY FITTING IN MORE

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