American Hellenism

American Hellenism

If The United States Wishes To Act Like A Neo-Roman Empire, Carrying The Mantle Of Greco-Roman Culture And History; Then It Is Time For A Neo Hellenistic Renaissance.

The United States holds as its motto "E Pluribus Unum": Out of Many, One. This idea of the United States acting as a cultural melting pot has with it the responsibility of integrating that melting pot in the same conscious, critical, and respectable manner that was initially laid out by the Macedonian King Alexander the Great and the lay out of his empire. Alexander sought to unify and intertwine the immense cultures of his empire: the Egyptian, Greek, Persian, Babylonian, and other cultures. This dream of multiculturalism was so engraved into Alexander's mind that he personally took the effort to marry brides and adopt customary traditions of the cultures he conquered. His dream has been carried on by countless individuals from all walks of live who have learned of his ambitions and goals. Western civilization, and in particular the United States, embodies to this day many aspects of his original vision.

The United States takes great pride in its cultural heritage being derived from the great civilizations of Greece and Rome. Rome saw itself too as a cultural inheritor of the Greeks; and attempted to perfect the original Greek democratic model. Unfortunately, Rome eventually forsakened those democratic attributes and fell into imperial tendencies, just as the ancient Greeks had. We now face today a similar forsaking of that ancient Greco-Roman cultural mantle by the United States in the same imperial ventures and constructs that led to the undoing of its predecessors.

The basis of the United States as an administrative entity created a multi cultural system through the Continental Congress; which united the American States through the Articles of Confederation, which bound a formal alliance. States at that time were distinct and different, just as any other nation-state in Europe was at the time. The eventual adoption of the Constitution further refined this original connection into a stronger federation that bound the states in ways that could largely erase the border distinctions between them, and creating a common wealth of States. And in the time since the Constitution was created, the Civil War pushed the American experiment to the point of collapsing into that imperial embodiment that sent empires of the past into the dustbin of history. The slave masters and economic aristocracy of southern states advocated for the monarchical restructuring into the confederate states, and originally sought a Central/South American empire in its original foreign-policy ambitions. This divergence of the American system would've resulted in a similar breakdown of civilization as the imperial system of Rome eventually collapsed into after years of corruption and incompetence. The northern states, or the Union as it was known, retained the principle of unity as a collective of individuals unified behind common cause. This inevitably pushed for the social rearrangement towards actualizing the Democratic dream enshrined in the Constitution and conceived in the Greco-Roman world.

The dismantling of the slave apparatus and economic system; the integration of millions of people formerly considered property now considered full members of the civilization. The worker uprisings of the 1870s-1940s that united the lower classes, the Masses, behind the commonality of economic dignity and social responsibility to help one another; unifying groups previously divided by race and other superficialities. The blending of spiritualities, religions, and philosophies into a multitude of variations that unites systems around the world together through the Great Awakenings throughout US history. The dismantling of the apartheid system of Jim Crow and the push for Civil Rights laws, Voting Rights laws, environmental protection laws, LGBTQ Rights, etc. All of these efforts were made in ways that bound people together in manners that pushed towards an integrated multicultural system that was a successful blend of the best of all cultures.

The dream of multiculturalism goes back further than Alexander's dream. A great Pharaoh of Egypt, a millennium prior, held a dream of multiculturalism that bound some of the early cities and settlements together into the first nations and empires. This Pharaoh was Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV). While this great Pharaoh was successful in numerous areas, successfully establishing integrated administrative systems that could stand the test of time in an era of conflict and scarcity was not one of them unfortunately. The administrative system designed by Alexander in applying the ancient dream of Akhenaton restructured the world in manners still feel today. And could have created a system that revolutionized the world to a higher degree than it already has in our world today, if Alexander had survived to oversee administration of his empire.

We may never know what Greek Hellenism would have evolved into if Alexander had survived; we may never know what Egyptian multiculturalism could have grown into if Akhenaton had been a stronger organizer, or if the Romans had retained their republic instead of converting to an empire. Something we do know, however, is that American cultural heritage with the Greco- Roman history, and by extension Egyptian, Persian, Babylonian, etc heritage/history; has the potential to push forward in actualizing the dreams that were outlined by a great leaders like Alexander and Akhenaton. In which multiculturalism unifies human civilization is a collective that protects the individual and the social culture, bringing out the best of all. Or we risk repeating the same cycle of collapse and regression seen in the past with those that chose empire and domination over fellow humans.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.

It won't.

Wait, what?

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I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. (Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.)

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town. Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community. I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK. What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives. What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all. Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back; same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others. As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being. My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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I Am Proud To Stand #NewnanStrong

This past weekend's events brought our community together, and this surge of support should make our citizens proud.

In my 19 years of living in the Newnan community, our small town has always been quiet and fairly innocuous. Aside from the rush hour traffic on Bullsboro and the depressingly early time that the downtown square shuts down on Sundays, there has never been much conflict or turmoil in our little corner of Georgia. Therefore, when news broke of the National Socialist Movement, a white nationalist group, obtaining a permit to rally in Greenville Street Park, citizens in Newnan and neighboring cities were shocked.

As the April 21 rally drew near, I was overwhelmed by the response from the community, as those opposed to the group’s message banded together in support of love and equality - directly targeting the Neo-Nazi movement and their ideals. As downtown businesses braced for the possible violence that the day would bring, most business owners opted to close their shops for the afternoon, to stay at home or to protest the rally.

The citizens of Newnan refused to let the rally to dismantle their way of life, and declared that the Friday before the rally should be a community day - hundreds gathered to support their local economy, and help local businesses earn some of the revenue that would be lost due to Saturday’s circumstances.

As authorities laid down barricades and braced for the rally and its attendees, locals took to the sidewalks with chalk drawings, sharing messages of love, hope, and compassion. Quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr., notable Bible verses, and trending social media statements were carefully scripted across bricks and benches, tagged with #NewnanStrong.

Thankfully, the day of the rally came and went, with little conflict. The turnout for the National Socialist Movement is reported to have been only a couple dozen - meanwhile, hundreds of Newnan community members showed up, vastly outnumbering the controversial group, and making it clear that their message was unwelcome in our town.

I am astounded by the overwhelming outpour of love and support from all of my Newnan neighbors, and am thrilled to see their message continue to thrive; on social media outlets, many are coordinating to send thank you notes to the authorities and community members that helped coordinate such an effective afternoon of activism, keeping those involved safe, and our beautiful downtown square standing strong.

I hope this atmosphere of unwavering love and support will continue to uphold our community - and based on what I have witnessed not only this weekend but in all my life here in Newnan - I am sure that our city and all of its citizens will continue to stand Newnan Strong.

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