Ah, you must be one of those "self-made, pulled-themselves-up-by-the-bootstraps" people I keep hearing so much about, the kind they would trot out on stage at the republican national convention. You spent lots of time stereotyping and insulting me but I can't help but notice you neglected to elaborate on how you single-handedly escaped poverty with nothing but your own two hands. I'm sure lots of people would love to know. Secondly, I have no idea how old you are (or how much of what you said is true) but it's gotten a lot harder to climb the ladder these last few decades. Do you feel confident that if you lost everything today, you would be able to rebuild if you had zero resources at your disposal? That's where society comes in. However, the pull-themselves-up-by-the-bootstraps people tend to be hypocrites, kind of like how Ted Cruz is asking for FEMA money after that fertilizer plant blew up that town (all due to a lack of safety regulation) a few weeks ago. Of course, a self-sufficient person like you would refuse help no matter how bad your situation was, right?
Where exactly did I ask for a handout? All I want is a society that fosters social mobility and has a decent safety net for when things go wrong.
Mod parent up.
To compare the Romans to cavemen is an insult. Romans were extremely advanced for the time. The legions (when not fighting) could build damn near anything and could build it to last. Roman roads survived the middle ages with little to no maintenance and are still servicable today. Meanwhile, our roads quickly crumble and deteriorate without yearly maintenance. Roman aquaducts and sewers meant that cities had running water and decent sanitation (including flush toilets), something not seen again until the late 19th-20th century. After the collapse of Rome, Europe would spend the next 1800 years shitting in a bucket. Romans even had a primitive steam engine. It wasn't deployed much (if at all) outside of design drawings but a steam-powered vehicle could have been possible if the empire had lasted a bit longer.