Rethinking the Why of Sacrifice

Passover is around the corner, and as many plan their meals, I offer an
enlightened alternative to killing an animal. From an anthropological
point of view, I view the act as a sublimation of our own fear of
death – projecting it onto a more “acceptable” target, and ritualizing
the whole action, so that our deepest anxieties are expressed and
overcome.

Rather than reenact this, why not celebrate the freedom given in the
Passover? Make better choices that respect the lives of young creatures
who surely want to live. No ritual that defines us as a people should
be above a rethought in terms of compassion and more understanding.

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