Sacredness – going deeper …
This is an edited version of the video on this page.
This is a tricky one. What is sacrosanct? You don’t mess with sacrosanct. It is “the third rail”, the electric thing that is going to blast you if you mess with it. That’s the consequences, the dark side, the negative kind of energy that tends to accompany what is sacred.
But sacred is fundamentally about what’s positive: What do we hold precious? The “we” can be everyone in the world, or it can be our tribe, our subculture, our culture, our group, our way of thinking about things.
Whatever is sacred has immense meaning for us. It organizes us at a level of who we are, what we are about, why we are here. We’re going to dedicate a lot of our life energy to what is sacred to us. That’s at the heart of sacredness.
But because people and groups and cultures are different, they have different senses of what is sacred. To the extent we value diversity, that’s good. But this is where diversity can get hot. When you think of “the Other” – the person or group who you feel is deeply, essentially different from you and alien to you – very often that Other holds something sacred that’s different from what you hold sacred.
In this pattern’s image we see two pictures – one of different flags and the other of different religious symbols. A lot of people hold their nationality, their religion, and the associated rituals and beliefs as fundamental. People who don’t share those things are “Other“. The fact that in the image we have pictured many different flags – probably from the United Nations or the Olympics – that’s a symbol of us coming together as different nationalities. Likewise, the circle with all the religious symbols suggests that all the religions have something valuable to offer. Each religion can be appreciated on its own, and together they can co-exist and fruitfully engage with each other.