Sacred: inviolable, inviolate, invulnerable, untouchable, protected, defended, secure.
People’s faith in their Gods, prophets, which stories they believe about the origins of life, morality, sinfulness, etc., are considered extremely touchy subjects. “Don’t ridicule a person’s religion!” people will say, incredulous that anyone’s faith might be called into question by some insolent oaf. A person’s spiritual beliefs and holy books are considered sacred.
Still, wars are fought over religion, brutal crusades have been carried out for centuries where heretics and other non-faithfuls were brutally executed, even tortured as in the Spanish Inquisition (1478–1834) where Jews, Muslims, etc., were ordered to convert to Catholicism or get out of Spain, or else.
And we have our religious conflicts of today with imminent threats hanging over us all as to when some new crusade will get fully underway.
Science too has become a religion to many, especially medical science with its supposed power over life and death. We’re told that animal “sacrifice” (in reality the sacrifice of human character) is necessary for human health and survival, regardless of actual scientific realities. Humanism also has become a religion, of self-worship, where anyone not in love with humanity is despised as some unfaithful traitor.
So it’s clear that people, given real power over others, do far more than just offend the sensibilities of others for their chosen beliefs. But never mind history and reality. As long as you don’t hold judgmental attitudes, they say (so very judgmentally too) and you accept all people’s religious rites no matter what, even if they involve bloody animal sacrifices, everything’s a-okay. To humans anyways, as long as our luck holds out…and who else matters? Certainly not those we view as “only” this or that, in all our sacred significance…
Another thing which is sacred:
A person’s dietary habits, as in: No one is to judge anyone’s choice to eat animals. No one is better or worse than anyone else for their diets and other practices, everything’s all about Personal Choice. Who are you to say what’s right or wrong for anyone else! The food one “must” take in for sustenance is not to be questioned. Um, unless of course that food is conspicuously and strictly absent of animal products… then one can condemn that “lack,” loudly and proudly reciting industry-provided “health risks,” as well as your sins against God who provided you those tasty treats which you impudently reject. Sinner! Their right to say those things to you is also sacred.
Inventions all, to rationalize the irrational, to deny wrongdoing. Actually, people doing right, in conflict with terrible, entrenched customs, are now considered the wrongdoers. Back to the Humanist religion for people’s justification of all that.
Imagination…quite the powerful tool, isn’t it?
Now to what is not at all sacred…
But wait…people so love cute sweet adorable baby lambs! From birth to the separation from their grieving mothers, right up until the throat slitting (aw their cries are so cute) and beyond, while on the nice plate, in the contended tummy. People like to feed lambs to their pets too, it’s healthy! The human is happy, so everything’s a-okay. Hooray for the human imagination, so comforting.
But we at least have our standards, they say, our pets are not for the dinner plate. Well, unless dogs & cats are wretched enough to not be beloved, protected pets, then they’re fair game. For after all, as Humanists, people’s cultures are sacred, so one mustn’t judge a man’s choice of foods lest we want our own choices judged, and who wants that? Not God, not us! they say, while hugging their dog and thinking how very lucky he is to be their pet.
What we have here are seriously diseased minds in full bloom.
Back to the beginnings of this deep-seated mental illness, where mankind’s growing “thoughtfulness” was in its youth, where one of its most lasting and prolific seeds was planted: People in power in ancient times invented a God hungry for the suffering and blood of innocents, in line with those people’s own wretched desires. Concurrent with that madness, some power-hungry madmen wrote in the Good Book that one must slit a lamb’s throat and smear the blood on one’s front door for God’s protection.
So baby lambs became and have alway been an especially choice target for people’s abject insanity, for exercising their brutal ruthlessness over the purely sweet, innocent and helpless. After all, it’s only to obey, respect and love our Maker who so enjoys the suffering and bloodshed of innocents, except for our own of course, these days anyways. Never mind what went on in the past as far as human sacrifice. Never mind what still goes on today but is only carried out by psychopaths we all despise and want dead. Anyways, none of that has anything to do with any of that other stuff! And how dare you suggest otherwise!
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