This is part 8 of a series on modern society.
Modern entertainment shows many parallels between the Roman Empire and the rise of the coliseum towards the end of the empire. Specifically, I think today’s NFL bears a strong resemblance in our society to the heights that gladiators and similar competitors shared in Roman times. From what I can gather, part of the rise of the coliseum during the Roman empire was to placate the citizenry and divert and redirect their attention to things other than the problems facing the nation. Don’t look at the wolves at the gates (barbarians then, modern day vibrants and “diversity” now), just focus on the thrill of the game. Modern NFL and NBA games have had a surge in offense while minimizing defense. Even the MLB has placed an emphasis on offense again (to make things more exciting), more than the lowering of the mound in decades past (it used to be much higher, but gave the pitchers a greater advantage, so they lowered it to promote offense). This is all used to distract us and focus on things that don’t matter. Who won, who’s fantasy team is doing the best, who got traded to who. There are countless TV and online programs dedicated solely to this endeavor. Most of it is sick and twisted, materialistic, and gives a false sense of tribalism that is used to divert any true sense of it to avoid whites from realizing what is happening. This goes beyond just sportsball and into nearly all modern television. The shows that used to be odd bastions of whiteness are now disgusting parodies of diverse, fat, unnatural, and materialistic subject matter. Sadly, until things get worse, I’m not sure much of this will change.
The modern coliseum of the NFL shares many similarities to the gladiators of old. Contrary to modern perception, gladiators didn’t always fight to the death. These were the highly trained and tuned athletes of the day and were valued as such. I feel this is similar to the glory that modern NFL players receive. They are elevated beyond the common citizen. They share largely no resemblance to the common citizenry (at least historically, this is becoming increasingly less true), and are being encouraged to be healthy and kept fit for as long as possible. In addition, the ardent focus on them has created such a large demand and market that these players are now given generational wealth (annually) simply because they are more violent, aggressive, and ruthless than their peers. I have done my fair share of athletics at a nationally competitive level so I understand the dedication this takes, but sadly many of these diverse players (Jadeveon Clowney comes to mind) are simply so gifted they don’t have to try. It’s is often the players with moderate gifts and an excellent work ethic (Tom Brady, JJ Watt) who are the enduring talents, that don’t simply burn out because they’ve never had to try before. But this matters only because our obsession with sportsball has elevated these players to heights, both in status and monetarily, that the common man can only dream of. Yet because of the entertaining distraction that this provides, people are yet to notice or care how wasted this money is. Free market is the free market, I’m not defending this, but simply trying to connect that our modern obsession and elevation of these players makes no logical sense and that the money given to most of these players is wasted (78% of NFL players go broke, according to a 2009 study, curiously enough 70% of the league is also black). This money could be used to help families purchase homes, help tricked students into paying off crushing student loan debts, and help the struggling laid-off machinist to buy a new button-down for his next interview. The worst part of this is that it is facilitated largely by white people. We must stop fueling and funding this obsession that mocks our dispossession, cultural standards (re: Colin Kaepernick), and also robs us of the greater pleasures (like family) and our own generational (and cultural) wealth.
Additionally, this focus on sportsball still continues to be above that of consequential matters. People are still allowed to care about their football teams and talk shit about their rivals without fear of societal backlash. This is likely a way to avoid whites having a tribal identity and instead redirects it into another medium. Yet ask any person if they think white dispossession is an issue or if affirmative action has negatively impacted whites and you’ve already crossed a line. Ask someone who their favorite point guard or quarterback is and they likely already have a jersey on (if it’s Sunday) or they have an already crafted answer that is relatively well thought out. But ask them how their politicians stand on the wall or birthright citizenship and you’re a madman. Ask them what percent of Hispanic led families are on welfare (it’s over 50%) and again you’ll get crickets, but ask them what they think of the Patriots and you can bet body parts they’ve got an opinion. Until we choose to unplug (I used to be an avid RedZone watcher on Sunday, but have since enjoyed church and family time in lieu of it and am much happier, I advise you to do the same), we won’t be able to discuss these issues because everyone will be too distracted or preoccupied to notice.
Even worse than suffocating the mental space required to care about these issues, they distract away from the problems that we do face. We know that when whites are made aware of their dispossession (supermajority to near minority in basically a lifetime) they become concerned and are more conservative. We know when whites are personally exposed to diversity (Hispanics at bus stops or in their neighborhood) they change their tune on issues pertinent to the times. But I would be curious to see how this data plays out when mapped on Sundays. I wouldn’t say it’s much of a jump to say that when we’re distracted and locked on to “the game” with “our team”, we might not even notice these clues to that could help us avert the final losing score for our real team (the white team) and the only game that matters right now (survival). If people realized how badly their money is wasted on these events, teams, and people, they might be more apt to care. They might care if they realize that these people, who you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley at night, are making 100x what the common man earns in a given year, and will likely piss (or snort, fuck, and recklessly spend) it all away, all while telling you you’re an oppressive bigot for existing (and maybe even for cracking an awkward smirk-like smile).
The teams that should matter are your family, your community, and your people. The stars that should matter are fathers, pastors, leaders with your interests at heart, mothers, children, grandparents, and everyone who makes a healthy society go ‘round. The scores that should matter are fertility, standards of living, community cohesion, and a flourishing of your people. If we can’t take our eyes off the thrilling modern-day coliseum, we’re likely to lose the only game that matters. Sadly, if we do, there is no next game or next series. There is no next year or next season. There is only now, our present, and what will be, our posterity. If we fail to protect both, we will lose it all.
I always try to end these pieces with suggestions to move forward. 1) Unplug from football unless it’s used in a manner to bond with family, then bite the bullet and enjoy the time with them. They aren’t where you are politically and may not be until the whole tide turns. But solo, try and avoid sportsball as much as possible. 2) Stop giving money to these people. Don’t buy garbage sports jerseys (wearing another man’s name on your back is borderline gay), don’t go to games, and try not to even join in when the topic comes up in conversation. Take the time you might’ve used for this and do something productive, lift, read, spend time with family, learn a new skill, build yourself. 3) Pay attention to the more important things. This one is probably preaching to the choir as most FTN readers likely already do, but if you do already, then try and get someone close to you or a family member to start caring about these things as well. Or simply encourage them to do something else with you, together, rather than watch a game. Start building yourself and your community. These suggestions and these takes might not make a huge difference but everything has to start somewhere. We have to begin to be the things we want within ourselves and our communities before we can make changes throughout society. To all of you out there, good luck with this. Keep heart that things may not change for you overnight, or that it may be difficult to purge yourself of these habits, but always keep the bigger view and realize that even if progress is small, you’re still moving in the right direction. And always remember, we’re playing a much bigger game, one that matters more than sportsball ever will.