I thought I’d copy a piece of humour taken from the Monty Python movie, “The Life of Brian.”
Setting: The gang in Palestine are plotting to overthrow the Roman Empire.
Reg is leading the meeting and he asks everyone,
Reg: And what have the Romans ever given us?
Xerxes: The aqueduct.
Reg:Oh yeah, yeah they gave us that. Yeah. That’s true.
Masked Activist: And the sanitation!
Stan: Oh yes… sanitation, Reg, you remember what the city used to be like.
Reg:All right, I’ll grant you that the aqueduct and the sanitation are two things that the Romans have done…
Reg:(sharply) Well yes obviously the roads… the roads go without saying. But apart from the aqueduct, the sanitation and the roads…
Another Masked Activist: Irrigation…
Other Masked Voices:Medicine... Education… Health..
Reg: Yes… all right, fair enough…
Activist Near Front :And the wine…
Omnes :Oh yes! True!
Francis: Yeah. That’s something we’d really miss if the Romans left,Reg.
Stan: And it’s safe to walk in the streets at night now.
Francis: Yes, they certainly know how to keep order... (general nodding)… let’s face it, they’re the only ones who could in a place like this.(more general murmurs of agreement)
Reg: All right… all right… but apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order… what have the Romans done for us?
Xerxes : Brought peace
!Reg:(very angry, he’s not having a good meeting at all) What!? Oh… (scornfully) Peace, yes… shut up!