THE LIFE IS SACRED NONSENSE!Another example of the nonsensical and dangerous influences of the combination of the male mind and religion is the concept that life is sacred. People in cultures that have been profoundly influenced by the Judeo-Christian God concept have been taught that life is sacred, and that only God can legitimately give and take life—human life, that is, since God (it is said) gave mankind dominion over all other life forms (otherwise we would not be able to kill and eat animals, fish, fowls and a variety of other forms of life without committing a sin).
The idea that a living god created all life—especially human life—and that life is sacred is so transparently invalid that it should have made any continuing belief in the concept patently impossible. And yet it is still one of the primary teachings of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
The life-is-sacred myth is, of course, a concept created by the founders of Judaism and Christianity in an attempt to wean males away from their instincts to mistreat and kill others and to reprogram them to be respectful, kind and cooperative. In the eyes of these ancient founders only a god would be capable of such a miracle, and rightly so.
However, the primitive destructive instincts of human males were so strong that just being told that life was sacred was not enough to suppress these instincts in many men, with the result that mayhem and murder have continued to be a distinguishing characteristic of humanity.
In fact, not long after the creation of the life-is-sacred concept, religious leaders themselves began to use violence in the name of their God in an attempt to force others to believe as they did and to obey the rules they had devised in an effort to control all thinking and behavior.
Incredibly, according to the Bible when Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with the first 10 Commandments and found that large numbers of his followers had created and were worshipping a golden calf and having a hell of a good time, he was so incensed that he smashed the stone tablet bearing the Commandments and ordered his faithful followers to kill those who had stayed from the path. In one of the worst massacres in history his followers slaughtered over 3,000 fellow Jews—men, women and children. Moses then went back up on Mt. Sinai and [it is said] and had God use his finger to rewrite the 10 Commandments on another stone slab!
Life is indeed precious to most human beings, but the history of humanity demonstrates that there is absolutely nothing sacred about it. Those who continue to profess belief in the sacred concept merely demonstrate that the human mind can be manipulated like any computer soft-ware program, and when confronted with reality they resort to claiming it is a matter of faith, not facts or reality.
It is apparently the cosmos itself that is the Great Creator. It is infused with an inherent force to create life in forms and functions that are seemingly countless…in environments that are incredibly diverse and extreme. On Earth, new forms of life are discovered almost daily as scientists and others probe deeper into the oceans, into the subterranean depths of the Earth, and into isolated places on the surface of the Earth. One of these days we will discover that life in varying forms is common among the billions of planets circling billions of stars.
Regardless of the form and function of any life form, in whatever environment, life to that particular form is precious, but, again, it is not sacred. All life forms, including humans, are subject to being obliterated, often in an instant, by other life forms and by nature.
Life is, in fact, based on life forms killing and eating other life forms—a food chain that is exactly the opposite of the religious concept that life is sacred. Nature creates life and life destroys life in order to survive and grow and become more adept at devouring other forms of life (not counting incidents of human cannibalism, of course).
The religious concept that is life is sacred crops up in virtually all areas of human life, and is routinely ignored by the majority. Opponents of abortions use the life-is-sacred argument to proclaim that abortions are a sin against God. This dumb argument is also used by people who oppose the use of human stem cells in medical research.
Going one step farther, this rationale would apply to female eggs [most of which are disposed of naturally] and male sperm, most of which goes to “waste.” As already noted, there is an injunction in the Bible that describes masturbation as a grave sin, and states that “It is better to leave your seed in the belly of a whore than to cast it to the wind.” How’s that for a pithy summation of religious morality!
As stated, virtually all organic life forms on Earth exist by killing and eating other life forms—or in many cases eating them while they are still alive—in which case they are commonly promoted in some cultures as special treats. Now, only humans are normally not on the food chain… but don’t turn your back on an alligator or any other really big lizard!
The Abortion Controversy!
An abortion can, of course be a dangerous and ignoble thing for a woman to go through, but done early enough and safely enough it is often a better choice than to have an unplanned, unwanted child. Being forced to have an unplanned and unwanted child—especially one that cannot be properly cared for and educated—because of an ancient and primitive religious belief is simply not rational; not right.
People who oppose abortions should spend their time and energy in helping women avoid unwanted pregnancies in the first place. There are millions of women around the world who are in desperate need of such help and every year they produce millions more children, many of whose lives are short and wretched.
As contradictory as it often is, human beings are the most advanced form of life known and some humans are capable of creating masterpieces of art, architecture, literature, music and technological marvels. In many areas, scientists and technicians are literally transforming life itself in “god-like” ways. And yet, large numbers of human beings are still driven by the instincts of their primitive ids to use force, to repress, to maim and murder to get what they want. This destructive behavior, on an individual as well as on group and national levels, is often done in the name of their God.
There is obviously a great deal of good in cultures influenced by Judaism, Christianity and Islam, but the myths and myopia these religions spawn and the irrational behavior they often justify continue to bring immeasurable suffering, destruction and death to mil-lions of people.
To repeat, the irrational position that abortion is a sin against God because life is sacred is simply non-sense. It is a deplorable answer to the irresponsibility of a male and a female—most often a male. There are other answers!
The Rebellion of Catholic Women
The sex-and-gender obsessed Catholic Church has been losing American members and priests since the political emancipation of women began in the 20th century, but it was not until female members of the cult began a concerted rebellion against its sexist practices near the end of the century that dissension within the ranks became big time.
The really Big Bang occurred in 2010 as a result of the Vatican’s reaction when a number of new female priests were ordained in the U.S. and in Europe. The Vatican declared that in the eyes of God women were unfit to be priests and that ordaining them was a grave sin on the same level as the sexual abuse of young boys by priests.
In the new connected world of the Internet that absurd sexist reaction went viral within hours, resulting in the publication of data showing that most American Catholics disagree with the Vatican’s anti-female views and are in favor of ordaining women.
One summary of the rebellion against the doctrines of the Church suggested that the male lords would eventually abolish the edict that male priests could not marry in an attempt to remain a relevant power in the lives of people, but the summary did not foresee the day when the Church would accept females into its male-dominated hierarchy.
That is inevitable if the Catholic Church is to survive—but in the long run it will be better for humanity if it does not survive in its present form.
***This blog was excerpted from my book: THE PLAGUE OF MALE DOMINANCE – The Cause and Cure!, available in ebook and printed formats from Amazon.com.
Boyé Lafayette De Mente has been involved with Asia since the late 1940s as a member of a U.S. intelligence agency, journalist and editor. He is a graduate of Jōchi University in Tokyo, Japan and Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona, USA. In addition to books on the business practices, social behavior and languages of China, Japan, Korea and Mexico he has written extensively about the moral collapse of the U.S. along with books on his home state of Arizona. To see a full list of his books go to: www.authorsonlinebookshop.com. Recent books include: CHINA Understanding & Dealing with the Chinese Way of Doing Business; JAPAN Understanding & Dealing with the NEW Japanese Way of Doing Business; AMERICA’S FAMOUS HOPI INDIANS; ARIZONA’S LORDS OF THE LAND [the Navajos] and SPEAK JAPANESE TODAY – A Little Language Goes a Long Way!