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# ponder the ancient olympic games
where wars were put on hold and folk were expected to represent the badassery of their states

I wonder what those folks would make of the modern establishment.

Paté would be my best guess.
(, Mon 21 May 2012, 23:51, archived)
# I think the splendour of the ancient games could never be replicated today.
But then again, that comes with having a world dominated by multi-billion-pound corporations running the show, with people who don't even care about the games footing the bill.
(, Tue 22 May 2012, 0:06, archived)
# ah well, my theory of everything, thus:
99% of everything is pointless.
(, Tue 22 May 2012, 0:37, archived)
# In fact 99.99999ish% of everything here is nothing.
Oh and people don't learn much.
(, Tue 22 May 2012, 0:59, archived)
# to be fair
you're comparing with a world where the world was dominated by cholera and syphilis and where 99.999% of the population didn't see their 50th birthday, and if you failed at the games your chances of ending, within two years, fighting a pointless war against the neighbouring city in an argument about port duties were pretty high.

and beside all of that, the ancient games were actually pretty brutal and ugly, and if we had them now we wouldn't want to watch. we've got a certain respect for a lack of human suffering that the ancient greeks just couldn't give a fuck about
(, Tue 22 May 2012, 1:29, archived)
# what i guess i'm trying to say is that "splendour" is romanticised nonsense
they were "splendid" in the way that fox hunting, bull-fighting and bear-baiting are splendid, or if we had an ultimate fighting league that was to the bloodied-pulp-of-death
(, Tue 22 May 2012, 1:31, archived)
# I'm just too anti-consumerist for my own good.
I guess what I was taught about the ancient Olympics was horse-shit; I really should do a bit of research beforehand, if I'm discussing things out of my own field. XD
(, Tue 22 May 2012, 1:44, archived)
# to be fair
i should probably avoid posting on b3ta when i'm drunk because i come across as angry and more sure of my facts than i should be... :)
(, Tue 22 May 2012, 8:29, archived)
# some folk would pay to see all those activities combined into one single event
but yeah, it's just one big wankfest eitherway
(, Tue 22 May 2012, 9:03, archived)
# trust the spanish
(, Tue 22 May 2012, 9:08, archived)