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Contemplating What Is Sacred
The word sacred evokes a sense of that which is untouchable. The French sociologist Émile Durkheim proposed the concept of the sacred-profane dichotomy as a polarity that is the central characteristic of religion. The sacred-profane dichotomy is not equivalent to the good-evil dichotomy, as the sacred can be either good or evil, as can be the profane.
"Religion is a unified system of beliefs and practices relative to sacred things, that is to say, things set apart and forbidden."
I’m approaching this with a more practical view.
What is sacred to you? This can apply to a project, a relationship, or any aspect in your life.
In other words, what is untouchable, a deal breaker, carved in stone for you? What is your religion, and is it truth or dogma?
This is a worthy exploration. The question to ask is why. When was this framework created? Things change. Life has seasons. What ideas have been sacred to us that have served their purpose and might serve best by being let go? This is the inquiry.