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Dec. 13th, 2005 @ 12:54 pm The Sacred
I'd like to ask y'all what you consider the definition of "sacred" is.

If an item is Sacred, it it sacred to all, or just the individual?
Does an items "sacredness" increase with the amount of people who believe it is?
Is the item sacred because some divine/supernatural force imbued it with such, or rather does it resonate with the observer's conciousness?
If the observer eventually denies the sacredness of the item, does it become no longer sacred?

Just what the fuck does "sacred" mean, anyway?
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earfatigue:
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From:shaquanda36
Date:December 13th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
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The American Heritage College Dictionary gives "sacred" six different definitions, three of which are religious.

The other three:
1) Made or declared holy
2) Dedicated or devoted exclusively to a single use, purpose, or person
3) Worthy of respect; venerable

My definition of sacred: Something that is greater than its physical substance.

Such a definition, then, comes down to the eye of the beholder.
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From:earfatigue
Date:December 13th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC)
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So, what is sacred to you may not be sacred to me, and that's ok with you?

For example, if your were christian, me using a crucifix as firewood.
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From:shaquanda36
Date:December 13th, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC)
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Pretty much.

I am a Christian (with Taoist leanings), and while I would think the use of a crucifix as firewood would be unfortunate, I believe that it is, ultimately, an object. If it does contain any sort of divinity, the divinity is not lost in the fire - just the object.
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From:deleriumb32
Date:December 13th, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC)
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The first example I thought of when reading this was a cow. To other people, cows are held sacred. To me, they are a resource. To the people who hold the cow sacred, my perception of the cow does not change theirs. The other's perception of the cow does not change my perception (except as a bit of interest). This follows with many other "sacred" objects including the cross, the Torah, the Shroud of Turin, life, etc.
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From:earfatigue
Date:December 14th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC)
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Yes, that's how you react to another's sacred object. But how do you feel when someone else is only "a bit interested" in what you hold sacred? does it sting a little? Does it make you want to convince them of the item's sacred-ness? Do you reject them out of hand?
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From:deleriumb32
Date:December 15th, 2005 01:19 am (UTC)
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I hold my religion sacred, but I created a community and welcomed others into it knowing that the ideas I hold as sacred would be mocked. I do not reject other's perceptions out of hand, but find that challenges cause me to question my own ideas and come to stronger conclusions.