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Old 10-13-2020, 09:07 AM
 
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How do you know what people in ancient Rome were doing/thinking?
There are these things called history books. We know a lot about how people lived and what they admired through their art, their writings that survived, etc.

It is human nature, I know you don't want to believe that but it's true.
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Old 10-13-2020, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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Why don't 13 year old girls have posters of their city councilmen on their walls instead of cute young guys that dance and sing?? Why don't young guys think hedge fund managers are as cool as race car drivers? Are you really asking that?? Has there even been a time where they did? I don't think so.
Now that's funny! Thanks for the laugh. I was thinking about the council members in the city next to me and my town board. Yeah not sex appeal there! A bunch of old chunky men....LOL No thanks!
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Old 10-13-2020, 11:27 AM
 
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Now that's funny! Thanks for the laugh. I was thinking about the council members in the city next to me and my town board. Yeah not sex appeal there! A bunch of old chunky men....LOL No thanks!
Yeah I can see the calendar now, Lol.
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Old 10-13-2020, 12:12 PM
 
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Nothing new IMHO.

Young people glorify celebs and pretty faces all the time, and have been for years. Then they get older, and a little more mature and realize that there is more to life.
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Old 10-13-2020, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Manchester NH
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There are these things called history books. We know a lot about how people lived and what they admired through their art, their writings that survived, etc.

It is human nature, I know you don't want to believe that but it's true.
History books barely tell us any of that.

There have been heroes and respected people throughout history, but celebrity worship over people who are total self-absorbed with no regional/political significance is a modern phenomenon.

You may want to believe otherwise, but its true.
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Old 10-13-2020, 01:15 PM
 
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Some people are unable to conceive of a world that existed prior to their own memories.
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Old 10-13-2020, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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Kids idolized celebrities because they are rebelling against their parents.

I idolized punk rockers; my parents idolized swing band leaders. The old folks just don't get it, man.
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Old 10-13-2020, 03:43 PM
 
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History books barely tell us any of that.

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Have you ever read anything by Ovid Marcus Aurelius Livy Lucretius Catullus or Horace?


Thought not.
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Old 10-13-2020, 04:22 PM
 
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History books barely tell us any of that.

There have been heroes and respected people throughout history, but celebrity worship over people who are total self-absorbed with no regional/political significance is a modern phenomenon.

You may want to believe otherwise, but its true.

How far back 'modern' are you willing to go? In 1858, the play, Our American Cousin premiered. One of the main characters, Lord Dundreary, was SOOO popular, that people would quote 'Dundrearyisms' and men would grow out their side burns like the character, to the point that those kind of sideburns were called Dundrearys. The shop windows were filled with Dundreary scarves, and Brother Sam scarves, (another character in the play) and there were Dundreary collars and Dundreary shirts, and Dundrearyisms were on every lip. The actor, Edward Askew Sothern was very popular at the time.


Or...do we need to go back further? Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) famous inventor, famous diplomat, quite popular with the ladies, and apparently quite the stud in his youth. Did I mention that the ladies loved him? He was quite scandalous in France.
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Old 10-13-2020, 04:26 PM
 
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Yeah but the interwebz has made it worser!!!!
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