What is Sacred?
What is sacred to you? What are the things that you value above all others? Are they tangible or intangible? Lately I have been thinking a lot about my own beliefs and the things that are most meaningful in my life. Family is obvious and I think most would say that they agree, but moving beyond family can stretch your mind. Other things that are sacred to me would include my faith, freedom, education, healthcare, and the earth itself along with a belief that humanity is, ultimately, good.
For me, calling something sacred is saying that I can’t live with out that something. By and large, I would say that many people hold these same things as sacred. So my question is this…why do people so easily give up what they hold sacred? Presently, we, as a society, as world citizens, are being held hostage by a very small number of corporate elitists that hold only one thing sacred…money. They have a lot of money. In fact, they have most of it, and with that money comes power and they are trampling over the things that many of us hold sacred.
In the west, they (the elite) are using the banner of Jesus to invoke fear in the evangelical base to ensure that they control a major political party. They are, essentially, hijacking a religion for political and monetary gain. In our post 9/11 era, freedoms are being eroded almost daily as we are seeing the rise of a police state.
They are invoking a state of fear and hiding behind “national security” to justify this iron fist rule. The elite have nearly completed their take-over of the education system. Our textbooks are filled with non-truths and spun in such a way to promote nationalism. Our universities are being infiltrated and funded by movement conservative think-tanks.
Healthcare? I could go on and on about this and I have in many previous posts, but the fact of the matter is that the United States does not have a health care system. To be truthfully named would be to call it a sick-care system. Providers charge sky-high rates for “care” and then give us pills to mask our symptoms. If you don’t have insurance…well, that is too bad as you will probably have serious financial problems.
Now, what about the earth itself? What about the air we breathe and the water we drink? We have a problem here people. Our climate is changing. I have long been a skeptic of global warming, but the fact of matter is that world is getting warmer. We read books and watch movies like “War of the Worlds”, and “Independence Day”, and we are united against aliens who want to “consume all of the natural resources” and leave a dead planet. Well, folks, we are doing that very thing right now. I won’t even mention the environmental atrocities in China, but rather, stay right here in North America. We have coal companies completely destroying the Appalachian Mountains with their mountain top strip mining. In their wake they are leaving lakes and rivers of poison along with air that is unbreatheable. We also have the Tar Sands in Alberta. This is an aerial view of the tar sands area before extraction and since…
National Geographic has a slide show that shows the changes to the area over time. NASA scientist James Hansen is quoted as saying with regard to production of the tar sands…
“If Canada proceeds, and we do nothing, it will be game over for the climate.”
Well, they have proceeded. With the Keystone pipeline and the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, we should have environmental disasters of epic proportions that should effectively destroy rivers, streams, lakes, air quality, wildlife habitat and the environment as a whole. Why would they do something so risky? Why do they do these things that are irreparable? The almighty dollar is why. They also have little consequence to their actions. Sure, they may get fined, but that is simply “the cost of doing business”.
The time is now to stand up to those stomping on what we hold sacred. If we are silent we are siding with them. We need to take back our planet. We need to fight for our freedoms. We need to seek the truth. We need to demand health care reform and not look at health care as a privilege, but rather, a right. We need to fight for the planet. We need to protect the air and the water. We need to protect the land, the trees, the animals, and the fish in the oceans. I believe that humanity is good and that people are waking up to lies that they are being fed every day. I believe that all of us hold things that are sacred to us and that we can’t live without. The question is this….Do you have the courage to fight for what is sacred to you?