Nathan Bond's TART Remarks

Religion: Respect? Ridicule!

Carthago delenda est

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My wish for you in 2009 is that the best of the past may be the worst of the future…

“Carthago delenda est”, said Cato the Elder, a Roman senator.

Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam” (“Moreover, I advise that Carthage must be destroyed”), said Cato.

It was a slogan really, tirelessly punctuating every single one of Cato’s interventions in the senate. Even when the subject debated was in no way related, he would always weave in his overt message: “Carthago delenda est.”

“We need more funds for the new aqueduct… and Carthage must be destroyed!”

“Let’s paint the Coliseum blue… and Carthage must be destroyed!”

“We need to fight corruption within the administration… and Carthage must be destroyed!”

Carthago delenda est has taken on a proverbial aspect signifying that something that stands in the way of our greatness must be eliminated.

In 2009, may humanity progress in eliminating religion – something that stands in the way of our greatness.

Written by Nathan Bond

January 1, 2009 at 09:34

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  1. Cato was a jerkass, mind. I’m not a fan of violent elimination, though. Perhaps I’m biased. But I think he was only useful for learning grammar constructions.

    korakaos

    January 30, 2010 at 04:19

  2. How do one eliminate such a powerful dragon with so many heads as religion? Maybe with faith and belief in our higher selfs; and stop feeling guilty about anything at all.

    Anette Van Heerden

    January 21, 2009 at 23:19


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