You know where I'm going with this one. Like the ancient Romans, Americans have also been tempted by decadence and have also started moving all the wrong items to the head of the list. (Me too. You shoulda seen the junk food I put away last night.)
Either you help your neighbor, volunteer in soup kitchens, refrain from abusing children and do good deeds -- or you lose your way.
"Oh, but we have to protect ourselves," you complain. Do we? At the cost of our immortal souls? Jesus knew better than that.
It's time to get back to the basics. What makes us human? Trying to boff Congressional pages? Napalming babies abroad? Starving FEMA until it drowns in the bathtub -- and takes New Orleans with it?
To hell with the Roman Empire! Go out and smile at a child (but please don't send him e-mails....)