Sacrifice as A Virtue

We laugh at the ritual sacrifices of earlier man
How can they think that god sacrificing a lamb was going to help them?

But as with most ancient traditions
The reasons are quite deep

The ritual of sacrifice is the acknowledgement that one withhold present pleasures for future success
Giving away something we want now for future gain

Easy to say but difficult to do
So rituals can make it feel important by adding theater and tradition
Making it easier to embed
And this is something worth embedding
Because this is the foundation of living well
Thinking otherwise is the path to personal hells