Bribing the gods
Human beings have been making sacrifices to the gods from the moment of “birth.”
Everything has been offered; milk, cheese, fruit, wine, through to exotic birds, animals, mammals and reptiles. You name it and it’s gone up in smoke on some altar someplace, including human sacrifices.
It was all part of the begging, imploring, appeasing and bribing the gods to be kind, to ensure good harvests, provide safe winters, engender happy families, break droughts, increase libido, heal the sick, farewell the dead, drive fish into the nets and wild beasts into the snares, sanctify marriages, safeguard travels, deliver healthy goats, assist hair regrowth and whatever else the supplicant can dream and come up with.
Basically, anything the human mind conjures up as desirable, there’ll be a sacrifice to try and cajole the gods to deliver. Humans are big on sacrifice. There’s no price too high or absurdity too bizarre. If there’s a desire for it, there’s a whack job someplace ready and willing to pull on a robe and get the ceremonies started.
Even children have been sacrificed throughout history. If you think that’s bad and insane enough think again; think, Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.
And, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
To this very day millions still chant this stuff, so we can’t turn a blind eye and pass it off as some kind of prehistoric peculiarity and ignorance. Let’s get real. The architecture’s changed, horses have been replaced by motor vehicles, Neil and Buzz took a stroll on the moon and you can have movies on demand, but, behind the façade of civilization and progress the original monster still thrives. There are lunatics still chopping off heads and committing unspeakable acts of atrocity in the name of god as we speak.
The working class still does the work and preys for a break, the wealthy throw crumbs at them, smile their practiced smiles, and the world turns.
Church and State, both equally malevolent, both equally evil, both sucking the lifeblood out of the decaying corpse called humanity are flourishing.
Then you have spirituality. You know what true spirituality is? Nothing more than this: True spirituality is simply learning the truth about yourself.
There is no need for sacrifices, elaborate rituals, gold chalices, altars or places of worship. Jesus Christ didn’t need a church building to speak about Love and Truth. Buddha didn’t need an elaborate temple. No. What for? Nor did they pass the plate around. Money? Why would Jesus and Buddha want your money? They were not businessmen. Businessmen are mostly part of the problem. Not for being in business, but for losing their soul to it.
Opulent and ostentatious buildings, gold and treasure are not needed to look within the self, where you will find all you seek.
If you are by chance still wondering why the human race has been obsessed with making sacrifices from the instant it took up residence here, it’s because fear is its birth mother. There’s a reason babies are born crying.