London Mithraeum (15.7.2018)

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London Mithraeum – Bloomberg Space

I doubt there is closet ‘Socialists’ (working secretly) in the Bloomberg finance and planning departments – but the ‘no expense spared’ London Mithras Temple exhibit (situated in ‘Bank’ area at the economic heart of the City) – is a marvel of human organisation, endeavour and altruism (although, of course, the latter is probably by default). This Mithras Temple was probably built by the Romans in the early 3rd century CE, and did not see the light of day again, until this area of London was bombed during WWII. Even so, it was not until 1952 that archaeologists fully understood what had been revealed. Between 1952-1954, the site was fully excavated and the temple moved nearby. However, in 2010, Bloomberg acquired the original site and financed the relocating of the Mithras Temple back to nearly its original position, hiring experts to move, rebuild and repair the structure. Once this process was successfully completed, an excellent display and exhibit was designed and eventually opened to the public. This exhibit is entirely ‘free’ for the general public visit and enjoy! Visitors are given glossy brochures (free), and the children receive crayons and colouring books (free).  When looking at the Roman artefacts, ipads are provided (free) to explore the exhibits further. Access is by stairs or lifts, and the area is fully disabled friendly. Touch-screen computer screens are available to ‘inter-act’ with all the knowledge surrounding this important part of Roman history in Britain, the audio and light show once in the temple proper, with its Latin chanting and mysterious ambience, is enthralling and conducive to learning. In a fully functioning ‘Socialist’ society, the highest level of cultural and educational experience is provided by th government to its citizens free of charge at the of use (usually funded through taxation). Human beings quite literally ‘expand’ their consciousness into the available educational spaces available. Everyone gains an ‘equal’ access to educational experiences, and everyone develops at their own pace. Unlike in a predatory capitalist society, access is not blocked by financial concerns, status or class. Although Bloomberg is very much part of the capitalist system, what it has produced in London is Socialist in essence because it is a) fully financed to serve the education needs of the general public, and b) is designed to be of the highest quality and calibre. Although we as citizens directly benefit from this project with no financial cost to ourselves, I suspect the ‘profit’ for Bloomberg is that it secures control of premium office space in the heart of the City of London.  The point is that with the right political will power, the entirety of society could be like this, where discrimination and drudgery are replaced with sublime development in all directions!

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