What is sacred (anagram: scared) deserves veneration and respect. It can concern religion, a parent, or a common set of moral beliefs.

Yet it is difficult to tamper with what is sacred. This is true also for less obvious ‘untouchable’ concepts we consider ‘sacred’, such as democracy and technology (maybe amongst the biggest ‘religions’ of our times).

In order to survive and create future, the sacred can be a safe citadel, but sometimes it can also turn into a dogmatic hurdle.

The nuance is that by considering something as sacred, we accept its ‘controlling power’, while we implicitly restrain ourselves from considering other perspectives.

The future of our technology-driven democracies may be excitingly individual and collaborative at the same time; we must not let it all become too sacred, as they might turn into a collective lullaby.

So let’s get to work, 21st Century moral thinkers and citizens. We are on the bus together.

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Words  # A.D.

 

Il est difficile de toucher au sacré. Outre ce qui attrait aux croyances religieuses, cela pourrait aussi concerner des concepts tels que la démocratie et la technologie.

D’ailleurs, ne s’agit-il pas là de deux des plus grandes «religions» de notre temps?… L’avenir de nos démocraties axées sur la technologie peut être excitante en termes de collaboration, mais nous devrions garder à l’esprit qu’à devenir trop sacrées, celles-ci pourraient se transformer en une sorte de “berceuse collective”. Une drogue. Douce. Ou Dure. Mais toutes deux dangereuses.