Tuesday, June 17, 2008

God is still hungry.

Dear George,

How many minutes does it take to cut the heart out of a living man with an obsidian dagger? How long to plunge it into his chest and saw the rib cage free of the breast bone? How high is the geyser of blood as the heart is torn free of its arteries? At what point does death close the eyes of the victim?

The Aztecs knew you could only placate the god of empire with human blood. So they engaged in continual warfare just to take prisoners for the sacrifice.

Nothing has changed. The god of empire is just as greedy; he still demands his victims. But, instead of the blood of individuals, he wants the souls of Third World cultures. The Aztecs sacrificed their victims on altars atop pyramids that reached for the heavens. Sacrifices to the contemporary god take place in the favelas of the Third World that fan out from their metropolises.

How long does it take to carve the soul out of a culture?

The Aztecs grounded their bloodlust in the worship of their gods. The contemporary bloodlust is grounded the worship of papier-mâché realities created by academic policymakers. Superstition drove both. An obsidian dagger could kill only one person at a time. A well-formed policy can destroy millions.

Every empire is a culture of death, a culture that puts military and economic supremacy ahead of human life and well-being. The bones of the poor feed the furnace of our prosperity. It is thus that God has blessed America.

Your admirer,
Belacqua Jones

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