Yesterday, the news was full of people celebrating Obama‘s re-election. People were celebrating having given their power to a proven and unrepentant liar, who is responsible for the deaths of many innocent people, who legalized unending detention for those suspected of future terrorism, while overseeing the definition of terrorism expanding. People were celebrating having submitted their power to a violent liar [violence is government’s nature, dishonesty is representative democracy‘s nature].
It is a strong delusion they are under. It reminds me of the Aztec ritual of human sacrifice.
The Aztecs believed that they needed to feed the gods human sacrifices in order to give the universe sustenance. So people were regularly killed to keep the gods alive and looking after them.
You would think that even once the people were convinced that it was a necessary evil, they would begrudgingly accept, and try to feed the gods as little as possible. But instead, it was made an honour. When the Christian Spaniards came over, they were ridiculed for their horror at the practice. The victims went through a series of elaborate rituals beforehand, including leading songs and dances, blessing children, and hearing people‘s petitions to the gods; all before they had their still beating heart ritually torn out (no exaggeration). When the Spaniards attempted to free them, some would indignantly reject being released and demand to be sacrificed.
What’s the link between this and democracy? Well, democracy is all about sacrificing your power and freedom (life?) to politicians (gods?), in order to sustain “order“ and avert “chaos“. Even if you accept the madness of this sacrifice to feed our world system, it at least should never be loved or celebrated. (The parallels can also be seen in rituals such as national service)
A big question is, where do these deceptions come from? Who convinced the Aztecs to sacrifice their lives, and citizens to sacrifice their freedoms? Peter Kropotkin explains it brilliantly for the state in the state: its historic role but if you don’t want to read the whole book (it’s very good), basically the state took freedom by force, then claimed they were responsible for every good thing, and everything that was failing was because the state wasn’t big enough. I imagine the same thing (more or less) happened with human sacrifice.
Now the really important question is, how do you save the victims who are still worshipping the gods? The Spanish conquered and, I assume, outlawed the practice. The Aztec population was decimated by the Spanish, and those left were thoroughly oppressed.
But, more hopeful, there were victims who didn’t go quietly. Some cried and pooed themselves on the way up. They weren’t sacrificed to the gods, but were killed to the side, while mocked by the crowd for being unmanly. I expect many eventually became Christians.
And, it is estimated that voter turnout in the U.S. election has fallen since 2008, and is falling elsewhere in the world as well. I take that as great news.
God bless you.
[I‘ve complained enough about democracy as a whole now. I‘ll try to shut up about it for a while, and only be constructive or specific in my complaints.]
[My information about the Aztecs is from year 5 history, and Wikipedia (the two agree). If I was wrong anywhere, please correct me. Thank you.]
P.S. do not link this idea of sacrifice with the Christian idea of dying to self. Dying to the sinful self is good for you, and brings joy and freedom. I talk about this (more or less) here.
God bless you.