Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What is "sacrifice"?

"To 'sacrifice' is to make sacred. In the long history of devotion, people made sacrifices to honor the Most Worthy, giving up something of great value--a goat, a rooster, sometimes a son. It is exactly this renunciation of self-interest that brings a person into closer relation to the divine.

"So a better way to think about sacrifice is to ask, What ways of acting will reduce my fixation on self-gratification, and so bring me into closer relation with what is Good-in-itself, the Earth, the unfolding of life?"

--Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson

As found in Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril. (Trinity University Press, 2010)

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