Thursday, September 7, 2017

Memento Mori and YOLO

Painting Triumph of Titus and Vespasian, by Giulio Romano, c. 1537. Titus and Vespasian depicted in a Roman Triumph celebratory parade. Memento Mori and YOL. Other stories of Trump and Megalomaniacs. marchmatron.com
Triumph of Titus and Vespasian, by Giulio Romano, c. 1537
In old-timey Rome, the highest honor for exceptional military achievement, Vir Triumphalis (Man of Triumph), was celebrated with Roman Triumphs
In the midst of vast adoration and revelry, a slave held a Laurus crown over the head of the recipient. To prevent extreme hubris and resulting national disaster, the slave would continually whisper Memento Homo (Remember, you are only a man) or Memento Mori (Remember, you have to die).
The Daily Life Of Gods by Alexey Kondakov is a collection of images where classical figures are placed in contemporary settings. A Satyr and Nymphs climb aboard a subway. Memento Mori and YOL. Other stories of Trump and Megalomaniacs. marchmatron.com
The Daily Life Of Gods by Alexey Kondakov 
The contemporary response to ego-bumming mortality appears to be YOLO, "You Only Live Once", and that isn't very contemporary. 
Snapshot of Yolo County Fair billboard 1960-1970. Memento Mori and YOL. Other stories of Trump and Megalomaniacs. marchmatron.com
Snapshot of Yolo County Fair billboard 1960-1970. 

For example, the acronym YOLO was listed in a 1968 article discussing watercraft names.
The saying is older . . . 
"You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough." - Comedian Joe E. Lewis, c. 1940
"[Be] covetous of time . . .  we live but once in this world." - Samuel Richardson, 1747
Meme photo circa 1900, distinguished man with a handlebar mustache. Caption I said carpe diem before it was pronounced YOLO. Memento Mori and YOL. Other stories of Trump and Megalomaniacs. marchmatron.com
and the sentiment is much older.  For example, 
"Eat eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die," 
is a conflation of two biblical scriptures. Horace contributed Carpe Diem (Seize the Day) and Virgil added Tempus Fugit (Time Flies).
All three appear to be more cautionary than debaucherous.
Regardless, our current would be Caesar, appears to have won with, 
"What the hell do you have to lose?"
Image of Donald Trump as a malevolent, Revolutionary era king, sitting on throne and menacingly leaning forward. Flag draped over back of throne and armed guards in the background. Other stories of Trump and Megalomaniacs. marchmatron.com
Megadonors contributed $107 million to Trump's inaugural version of Roman Triumphs. For comparison, $53 million was contributed to Obama's 2009 inauguration.
Meme comparison of Obama and Trump inauguration crowds. KKK hoods hidden by white tarps. Memento Mori and YOL. Other stories of Trump and Megalomaniacs. marchmatron.com

Trump's parade route was shorter, the celebrities were fewer, and Trump attended three gala balls as opposed to a more typical ten. 
He was, however, clearly the winner in one aspect. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators around the country protested the new White House occupant. 
Trump protest. Cat in the Hat I do not like you, Mr Trump. Women wearing "pussy hat". Memento Mori and YOL. Other stories of Trump and Megalomaniacs. marchmatron.com
The $100 million cost of security was picked up by federal taxes.
A public accounting for how the donations were spent isn't required, and it is a bit of a mystery. . . 
Sort of.  
Parody Trump poster. Trump as voting Russian oligarch. Memento Mori and YOL. Other stories of Trump and Megalomaniacs. marchmatron.com
Funding legal counsel for Trump and offspring can't be cheap. 
Just saying. 
Trump parody poster. Trump as The Godfather. Memento Mori and YOL. Other stories of Trump and Megalomaniacs. marchmatron.com
So, why the big donations?Fund-raiser Mel Sembler has an idea.
"A lot of the people who were not on board early on are now getting on."
Translation, a lot of mega rich corporations, assuming America wasn't crazy enough to vote for an unsuitable, unstable, and unprepared president, backed someone else and now they are scrambling to buy a seat at the table. 
"It’s important to have your name there if you are in that business. It’s like supporting your community."
Translation,
"You have a nice little business there. It would be a real shame if something should happen to it."
Poster Trump lost touch with reality. If found please call.  Memento Mori and YOL. Other stories of Trump and Megalomaniacs. marchmatron.com


The cost of paying someone to continually follow our would-be Emporer, probably since he was four, whispering, 
"You ain't all that." 
would have been a good investment. 

#NotMyPresident #Trump #Power #YOLO

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Other stories of Trump and Megalomaniacs:

17.5.1 www.marchmatron.com/2017/05/mutual-assured-lunacy-postscript.html
Mutual Assured Lunacy, Postscript

www.marchmatron.com/2017/09/some-more-than-others.html
Some More Than Others



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