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So, first the official definition of sacred: “adjective
connected with God (or the gods) or dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration” and while we are at it, veneration: “regard with great respect; revere”. Both of these words bring me to my take on sacred. In my religion, Judaism, we have lots of sacred things, well specifically, books, time, places, words, traditions, and so on.
Of course, we haven’t always received the respect we deserve for these sacred things. The above definition really rings true for me. People have sacred stuff, time, places, etc., but these sacred things also are deserving of veneration. Think about it. Think of all the wars and hatred that have happened in the world and if there was more respect for other people’s sacred places, etc. there would be a lot less suffering. Oh, this land is sacred to you, yes I can respect that. You can’t work on such and such day because it is a sacred holiday for you, oh that is fine, I understand. This food isn’t what you eat because you believe in eating only certain foods that are permitted by your religion, then let’s try and accommodate you, no problem.
As the definition says, sacred is a 2 way thing, it is special and revered by you, but deserves respect from others.
What is your take on this word, sacred?
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