Sacrifice - nuances of it.
Who's sacrificing what.
what we're giving god
Nuer: sacrifice ox - the ox is a precious part of themselves, they are sacrificing
their lineage (ox traded for children as shown in movie)
Consecrate Ox, making it more ambiguous (towards human) on the spectrum
Germans: followed sacrificial patterns (consecrated Jews, killing their
cultural life through taking away names, reducing to number, taking away choice;
making them more ambiguous towards animals on the spectrum)
Most sacrifice is self sacrifice, but Nazis sacrificed the other
Nazis wanted to become Godlike through sacrificing the Jews
Abraham and his son - consecrated his son into an animal, but did not give
his life - imperfect sacrifice
Nietzsche says that we shouldn't be sacrificing at all: man is inventing bad
consciousness in order to cause himself pain, trying to push meaning of life outside of
himself and his own responsibility - enjoy life while you've got it
God does not need anything, so what god needs is the reminder that men are not
limitless and they are dependent on God
2 diff kinds of killing
As demonstrated in the Holocaust, the two types of killing involve the 2 types of life:
Physical/animal life and cultural/spiritual life. The Nazis wished to consecrate the
Jews, to kill their cultural life (the life which defines us as humans) in order to move
them towards a more ambiguous existence, to move them towards animals. They did
this through reducing their life to a rational process: defining them by numbers, not
giving them any choice, no clothes or hair.
After their cultural life has been killed,
their physical life was taken from them with physical death.
In camps, 2 diff people Primo Levi identified: the saved and the drowned
Typically a man's rise or fall is tied to the destinies of his neighbors - in the
concentration camps, this was not so. A man is completely alone. In this case there
were 2 extremes: The saved and the drowned. The ways one could be saved were
exemplified through the 4 stories Levi spoke of: 1 man betrays, 1 conforms, 1
manipulates others, and 1 is simply the ideal combination of insane and physically
adept. These are the ways to be "saved" in the camp - those who, in effect, had their
cultural life killed, but still survived physically. The drowned are those who do not
distinguish themselves in any way, the muselmann as they are described in the book.
The drowned were the weak who died, those who did not disconnect from the others -