Sacrifiction

This entry is part 20 of 22 in the series Alternate Histories

Somewhere between gratitude & reciprocity, things started to go wrong.

Because we were given time, we invented drumming.

Because we were given trees, we invented floor-length dresses.

And because we were given crops, we invented sacrifice.

When God sent a messenger to the sacred table & said Stop burning my meat — give it to the needy instead, we invented elaborate rules for hospitality that involved frequent bathing & fine clothes.

But because the needy were still exceedingly numerous, we went over God’s head & invented games of chance.

This invention was the mother of Necessity, otherwise known as That’s Just The Way Things Are.

And we took our chances and groveled in the dirt.

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  1. that’s such a powerful piece of writing – Im sorry I tweeted it before asking if it was OK – well..guess it’s out there now..oops..let me know if I need to remove it or something… and thankyou for sharing your work – I love it!

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    1. Eh? You don’t need to ask permission before sharing links to public pages on the web! But thanks for liking it enough to do that. You’re too kind.

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