Sacrifice is the practice of developing the habit of giving without expectation of immediate reward,
and cultivating faith in the larger generalized reciprocity of the universe.
It requires a leap beyond our fear of scarcity, our miserliness in the face of uncertain yields,
in order to let go of a little of what we find precious so that it may be shared.
Sacrifice cultivates the discipline of sharing. It does not require that we give up everything,
but it does require that we give.
This is an interesting way to look at sacrifice, and I fully agree with it. I would take it further, though, and say that sacrifice is an acknowledgement of one’s connection to Nature, and all that exists within it. The faith in the reciprocity of the universe spoken of here, in my opinion, is an innate understanding that we are a part of a greater whole – the reciprocity exists in the well-being of the greater whole to which we have contributed through our sacrifice.
Absolutely. I absolutely agree that there is so much of these concepts – about nature, joy, and the reciprocal nature of the Universe – that are innate knowledge.
But I, for one, sometimes forget these things because I get caught up in the ‘distractions’ of competition, comparison and expectations.
So I need reminders.
This post was your way of reminding yourself of this … are you going through something right now where you would need a reminder of why we give? Or is this question too personal?