Here at the headquarters of the Cascadia Chapter of the Pacific Green Party of Oregon, Party Member Bob McGown suggested to resident housekeeper she help move construction debris.
“Oh, I don’t know. How much do you get an hour?”
“I am donating my labor, to support the Green Party.”
In his second-century attack, from a Christian point of view, on the Roman Games, Tertullian included, lawyer that he was (and from the provinces, from North Africa), the charge that it was full of what I believe the budget-watchers of today term waste, fraud, and abuse.
But from the perspective of two millennia later it does not seem fair to describe the wasteful expense of having lions devour women and children in public as a moral argument against it.
Rather, we must realize the strong language in which our Church Father indulges condemns the glorying in the emotional arousal which comes with being present at the kill; it is what made hunting the Sport of Kings around the time of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the witness of deliberate infliction of death. The Romans were in general a predatory nation, feeding in many ways from their wartime conquests.
As we Greens like to say, in that respect the Empire was unsustainable. Christianity emphasized the communitarian rather than the predatory values, which message is as timely today as it was then.