In 1487, the Aztecs sacrificed 10,000 to 80,400 people for the re-consecration of the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan. A reason we are bewildered and horrified at past cultures making living human sacrifices, is because they did it on such a small scale.
We offer up human sacrifices on a global scale, with exponentially larger numbers.
Over millennia, we’ve sacrificed hundreds of millions of people in our wars. With nuclear weapons, we offer up 7.2 billion. And these sacrifices are available 24/7. The ancient Aztecs just might have been jealous.
We offer human sacrifices because we choose different leaders for different geographic regions, rather than unifying government. This guarantees conflict between those leaders. Then we wave flags boasting of our geographic tribalism, weaponize our leaders, and proudly call it patriotism.
Then there are the non-human sacrifices: the environmental toll of military operations, the toll on other species, and the $1,750,000,000,000 per year governments waste on militaries. Rather than spending it on environmental and human necessities.
We need to move away from nationalism and the political parties that constitute nations, and toward governance by well informed groups in human rights, philanthropy, peace, environment, and science. I suggest we substitute and follow groups including:
These are enlightened global leaders with whom we would do well to replace our divisive and expensive national political systems. Join us in moving humanity away from anticipating annihilation, and toward participatory peace. Thank you.