The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #59418 Message #2614720
Posted By: Janie
19-Apr-09 - 09:05 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Well said, LH. Thing is, most people don't recognize the concepts of good and evil as decisions. They see them as "ordained" by supreme beings. Taboos are important to the survival of the individual, the tribe, the species, the earth. Everything has costs as well as benefits, including taboos. The paradox around taboos is that one the one hand, some of them outlive their usefulness, and on the other, they may be perceived to have outlived their usefulness, but in fact have not, i.e., at the present time, whatever that present time may be, it appears to a significant number of people within a tribe or culture that the costs of the taboo outweigh the benefits. The problem is that very long-term costs and benefits are hidden from the immediacy of the present.