A nun in the 1600’s saw the good in human sacrifice and an idiot Bishop could not handle the truth. I want to try and explain this to the bishop brained people, out there, what Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz meant. The Aztecs performed human sacrifice in good intent, but in mistaken belief. In the plant world, death does bring life. Humans come from egg, not seeds and a body planted in the ground does not spring forth human life. You do get some fertilizer; which, eventually feeds our idiotic masses.

The nun tried to explain how her fellow Catholics killed for much the same reason as the natives. Look at a gold or silver cross and see the Aztec “Blood Diamond.” Natives performed human sacrifice, so their god would provide the food and minerals. The Spanish enslaved and killed for those very same things. The good Sister saw this and the bad Bishop punished her for this insight.

A sacrificial victim may have seen a bright side in their death bringing about a gift from god. Catholic Conquistadors brought death, but did they give honor? I agree with the Catholic nun and side with natives on this honor issue.

I tried to explain this better because of the rancher’s comments (today’s news) on slavery. Human sacrifice and slavery are wrong, but there is often a little “but” attached to complex issues. Common laborers deserve higher esteem. Work has a purpose and gives a purpose. Hope comes with progress. How many see more hope in the lottery than in hard work? The Aztecs saw purpose in sacrifice. Did a cotton picker see purpose? Maybe they still saw no hope? Horace King rose from slavery. Did others? Did African-Americans lose when the North won the war? We will never know, but …

If a “Late Night” comedy shows asked regular people on the street whether people come from eggs, seeds, or nuclear fission; how may would give the right answer? Are people really any smarter than those Natives practicing human sacrifice. Is ignorance, a permanent human condition?

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3 thoughts on “The Bright Side of Human Sacrifice

  1. When Cortez organized other natives against the Aztecs it was supposedly because they hated the brutality and supremacy of the Aztecs. Some people will always rise to the top of the power chain. The government almost always cripples people with their help. The rancher said things in a stupid way but I understand that dependency is a form of slavery. the word slavery can be used in different ways but in america we act as though our slavery was worse than any other–only a small segment of the world population cares about sex slavery and other forms of enslavement still going on. Common laborers maybe need higher esteem but I’m not sure if forcing people to pay more to workers with less skills makes sense.


    1. I’m not using the noble savage theory; I’m using my “everybody is just as bad” theory. The nun was there and I thought she made valid points We will never know if the Aztecs would have moved away from such savage practices but they had good intent. If they intellectually figured out their wrong; they may have found a better path. Christianity isn’t bad, but bad leaders always come along. Smaller churches offer more checks and balances. A bad king and/or Pope causes too much trouble. I have no problem with women with a voice and I applaud the nun. She could have led in may Protestant faiths. Entertainment has food points, but I think some of the billions going to Oprah and other people getting rich from commercial advertising can go to a migrant worker or lower prices.


      1. On the Oprah point maybe you’re right but it seems that once you force someone to hand over their hard earned cash its a slippery slope towards dictatorship. More people want to watch Oprah than help migrant workers. Everyone loves having cheap landscape workers instead of paying college kids a decent wage like they used to do.

        People like cheap fruit. The average person can’t or won’t pay for what food would cost if somehow everyone got paid well. I worked on an organic farm and they barely made ends meet–in fact the boss’s wife had a great job working for the EPA and that’s how they could afford the noble farming endeavor. I don’t know the answer.

        I’m with you on the everyone is equally flawed thing.


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