Snap out of it. Men think about all sorts of things, but why specifically the Roman Empire? Why not ancient Greece? Or the dystopian future that time is mercilessly dragging us towards?
The Roman empire is cool, really cool. It is fun to think about the feats of Julius Caesar and the tales of ancient gladiators battling in the Colosseum. It’s fun to talk about what you would do in those times and how you would do it.
But the events from that time period aren’t enough to warrant a portion of our brains to be dedicated to such a time period. Any guy that tells you that they think about the Roman empire is government robot, sent to trick you into believing that that’s all men think about.
To bore you with specifics, a particular TikTok can reach many people’s feeds. Once enough traction is gained from that particular TikTok, they repost, replicate and share their findings, amplifying the contents of that TikTok – the Roman empire currently being one of such examples.
Which then causes men, whether genuine or not, to express their thoughts on a given topic. It gives men a chance to geek out about a random niche that we haven’t had a chance to endlessly talk about.
The Roman empire can be one of those niches – but it’s not installed inside you the moment we gain consciousness. There are other things that are installed into us, such as having extensive knowledge about fixing cars – even if we’ve never seen the engine of one.
An easier question is how much they think about characters like Travis Bickle, Patrick Bateman, Ryan Gosling. Those real characters that are quite literally me. The way they carry themselves, the things they think about and their relationships with people. That is relatable. With the resurgence of these characters on the internet, those characters take up a larger portion of a guy’s brain than the Roman empire – unless you’re a history student.
There is an exception in that more aged men are actually thinking about the Roman Empire. Perhaps it was all that ran on their televisions a decade or two ago. Or maybe it reminds them of other wars and events throughout history that have happened or they happened to be in.
Time is an endless circle. We are all rolling a boulder up a hill just for it to roll back down when we are about to reach its peak and repeat the whole process again. Before we know it, the gods will punish us by thinking about another thing that only men can relate to.
Whether it’s the Roman Empire, the Joker or a reality check that is being a student in a university, the Roman empire isn’t the focal point of men’s lives – Ryan Gosling is.