Human Sacrifices

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.

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2 Responses to Human Sacrifices

  1. Great list. Just don’t sell those Aztecs short. Considering their population base they made a fine contribution.

    • Thank you for stopping by once again, Lynden.

      It is promising that in the past day or so @Roots_Action issued a petition addressing major points also raised in this post;-].

      http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=10370

      Wording, in case it is later removed:

      Cut the Military, Save the Climate

      A petition to the world’s governments gathering at the United Nations to discuss climate on the International Day of Peace.

      Please sign below and add comments.

      The United Nations was established “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war” and is now addressing the scourge of climate change. We urge the adoption of an approach that addresses both together.

      Since the Kyoto accords of 1998, the U.S. military has been exempted from calculations of greenhouse gas emissions, despite the fact that it burns more oil than do most nations. Wars that consume huge amounts of fossil fuels are often motivated in large part by a desire to control and profit from much greater amounts. In the process, large areas of the earth are rendered uninhabitable by mines, toxins, and other war waste.

      There is $2 trillion a year, globally, that could be invested in a major effort to protect the climate, were it not being invested in war and preparations for war. The United Nations must make disarmament an environmental cause. A world that turned away from war would have the vision and the ability to address the danger of climate change on the scale required.

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