Posted 6 months ago on Feb. 12, 2017, 10:54 a.m. EST by agkaiser
from Fredericksburg, TX
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Retro note: The aborted murder of Isaac may have been a clunky metaphor to indicate the cultural shift away from human sacrifice. Then there's the story of Joseph, which we'll visit in the not to distant future, that ends with a commodities/grain broker enriching himself by the suffering of others and enslaving his own people as the cost of relieving the famine that was killing them. Now there's a deadly sort of human sacrifice on the altar of free trade.
There must have been a time when racism and ethnocentrism didn't exist. Perhaps that was when human communities were small and widespread clans of hunter gatherers, who seldom encountered one another. When God told Abraham to find a wife for Isaac among Abe's native people, genetic purity and discrimination thereby became a moral imperative associated with the foundation of Judaism, Christianity and Muslim-ism.
With such a start, are the centuries of persecutions, pogroms, ethnic cleansings, holocausts, wars, enslavements and all the rest of our self destructive behaviors really a great wonder? Many have always rationalized the evil done to "others" as God's will. And that even as they direct hatred towards other factions among the children of Abraham.
With such as our heritage, demagogues like Hitler and Trump find it easy to appeal to our worst instincts and the lowest common denominator of morality and scruples that lingers in a diseased portion of our collective consciousness.
I don't believe the Earth will suffer our malignancy much longer. If we don't change radically and soon, by rediscovering and bringing to the fore our earlier social instincts to work together for the common good of the [global] community, we will utterly destroy the social, economic, cultural and physical environment we depend on for life. Life on the Planet Earth will continue to adapt to the new environment we're establishing by our mass mentally diseased ways, but we and many other mammals won't be here to see it. That prophecy is an extrapolation from the course of human history to date.