Monday, January 12, 2015
The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same
History tells us that some of the ancient people of our day used human sacrifice as a way of worshiping Gods. We often times think of the Aztecs and other Mezzo American cultures when we think of human sacrifice. No one did it better than they in the history books. Never mind the Romans and all the killing they did in the coliseum. That was for entertainment history will argue which is different than sacrifice. Naturally Catholics remember Jesus being executed. This execution was so brilliant that people never want to forget how Jesus died. We as people in this day and age may not know or understand a whole lot about Jesus Christ but we certainly remember the execution, if nothing else. If Jesus Christ didn't get executed, I really doubt anyone would give a crap about all the other things he was said to have done. Not even turning water into wine would have remained in our memories like a good execution. It's not the miracles or the message of peace and hope that we remember, its the way he was able to suffer on the cross. After experiencing this torture, even Jesus had to leave the building so to speak. God must have known that in order to get the attention of the human a human sacrifice had to be made. However, we don't see Jesus as a human sacrifice by the Gods. Even if we did, we would find a way to make this act seem civilized. Thus dulling our minds to the fact that human sacrifice is a part of our daily understanding of religion. Now of course Christianity and the like are not the only religions. However, there is a lot of blood being spilt in the most famous religions. Human sacrifice is an essential part of life. Killing a human before natural death has always been a way of appeasing a God. Though I am sure there are some who would argue that there are cultures of people who did not believe in this human sacrifice, I argue that in life, an early death is necessary to sustain life. We kill plants and animals to sustain ourselves. We for example do not wait for a head of lettus to die of natural causes before we eat the lettus. We certainly don't wait for a cow to die of natural causes before we eat the cow. Indeed all existence depends on the early death of another species. I believe though that this concept is therefore extended to how species live amongst each other. Too many mouths to feed creates an over use of resources. Nature designed species to have certain life spans. Most life spans in the animal kingdom don't last for more than a hundred years. Those animals that do last a couple centuries like certain Whales and torus are for the most part vegan ore eat small plankton. Animals who kill and eat flesh have to live short life spans. Additonally, animals that are in great abundance have short life spans. Most animals on this planet have incredibly short life spans. Therefore, it is natural for a primitive society to feel as though killing by sacrifice its own species is appeasing their God. When you think about this in this way, they may be right. The less people there are, the more abundance there is as a result of less mouths to feed. Though this concept may be considered primitive, I think we still have killing of humans by humans for the same underlying reason. Wars, excecutions are usually avoidable and done to benefit a portion of society. In war, we have to accept that killing the other person or people allows for less competition for resources. It's a sacrifice to God saying "we are willing to die so that others may live. Please give us our bounty." War and fighting of any kind, especially when it involves death, is thus a sacrifice in much the same way as any human sacrifice in ancient history. I'm not trying to judge whether it's right or wrong. Maybe it's right. Maybe not. The one thing that is certain though is that we as a people have a built in desire to kill each other in the name of what is good and right and I don't believe that this is a coincidence. Furthermore, I don't think such sacrifices will end since by the looks of our human growth, we have multiplied ten fold over the centuries. I guess God has been answering our prayers. One minute we are running from lions and the next minute we are driving them into extinction. Dying on a pyramid in Central America thousands of years ago by human sacrifice or on a battle field in 2015, takes honor. Notice the term sacrifice is used when talking about what happened in Mezzo America. This is because those people who were killed were dying for someone else to live. It was an honorable thing to have done. That's why it was not called a murder I imagine. In just the same way, we refer to the people who are dying on the battle field as soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice. In short, the more things change the more they stay the same.