This is a thought experiment, inspired by the open discussion of human sacrifice for the sake of the Stock Market that has been going on in United States society recently. I’ve always held that our society is best understood in the context of human sacrifice (including child sacrifice – see Sandy Hook) rather than anything more ‘modern.’ It’s been chilling, and in a way vindicating, to have this just come out in the open during the pandemic. Republican leaders look directly into the camera and say, in essence, “We must commit human sacrifice so that the Economy will bless us.”
It is the most Aztec I have ever felt.
Right now we literally live in Gehenna – as in, Ge Hinnom, the Valley of the Sons of Hinnom outside of Jerusalem where tradition says people practiced child sacrifice to Molech. It’s where our early images of Hell come from.
I sketched out a rough table that might show what I’m talking about. Let’s see…
|Time period||Sacrificial Victims||High Priests||Holy Warriors||Blessings||Divine Form|
|1500s-1800s||Native American nations||…Priests, unfortunately||Conquistadores, US Cavalry||Gold, land||Manifest Destiy|
|1600s-1800s||Africans||Slave-owners, congressmen||Slave-catchers, KKK, lynch gangs||Labor, Southern wealth||Peculiar Institution|
|1800s-Present||Workers||Industrialists||Union-busters, cops||Profits increase while wages do not||Prosperity|
|1900s-Present||Farm-workers||ICE, border militias||Cheap, plentiful food||Donald Trump|
|Present||Elders, vulnerable people||GOP, Evangelicals||Spring Breakers, Evangelicals||A return to ‘normal’||The economy|
|1800s-Present||Everyone||Climate change deniers, fossil fuel industry||Conservative politicians, YouTubers||Our inhumane civilization||Our inhumane civilization|