Ritual Sacrifice? Jun 23, 2007 11:15:11 GMT -5
Post by Finn on Jun 23, 2007 11:15:11 GMT -5
divsky said:Wait, what exactly are we talking about sacrificing here? Humans? Wild animals? Domesticated animals? Bananas? How is it being done? Is it humane? Is it respectful?
Does it really matter? The nature of a sacrifice is that it is either painful/costly to the practitioner, or it is has been demanded in barter or tribute by the entity/force being sacrificed unto. What we are talking about would vary a great deal. So I suppose we could be talking about any of the things you mention. As to your other questions:
1. Define what "humane" means?
2. Define what respectful means?
I'm not entirely certain non-human entities care much about "humane" morality. Respect is also somewhat subjective. But I'm interested in hearing your definitions.
Unless it's done very carefully, humanely and with a great deal of respect and reverence I'd say it's wrong. And it's not humans. Or adorable baby raccoons.
So it is ok to sacrifice non-humans because they are lesser? If we accept sacrifice as a legitimate practice, excluding humans can only be done theologically if you are setting humans apart and above all else. In the great chain of being, you are making the Christian argument that all the world belongs to us for use as we wish but or peers are exalted like us and thus immune.
And, ummm... in regards to your final comment, adorable animals also get a pass? That is an interesting line in the sand.