- Killing a child in a magic ritual can bring wealth
- Sacrificed human body parts buried on your property bring success
- Animal sacrifice works but sacrificed children work better
So I ponder: How do we fight deadly magical thinking?
- We know that insecurity, both financial and physical, drive the human brain into religious/superstitious/magical thinking. So, prosperity may help. But even the Ugandan wealthy are paying for child sacrifices.
- We know that a stable government with rule of law and justice can save lives but Uganda has an uphill battle on this front. Yet without a stable government, real prosperity is difficult.
- We know that superstitions and religious thinking decrease with education. But without prosperity, education is difficult.
- We know that worldviews and mental habits can alter how people respond to poverty, insecurity and injustice. Worldviews are taught first in the home, then the community. But if most of your friends, family and community have warped worldviews, it is difficult to escape.
Who is fighting the magical superstitious thinking behind child sacrifice? Ironically, Christians, whose faith is based on the efficacy of human sacrifice, are fighting child sacrifice in the Uganda. As an example, see the “Jubilee Campaign“. Can magical thinking fight magical thinking? Is magical thinking inevitable and thus we need to use it when possible? Or should our goal be to rid magical thinking from human consciousness and nurture naturalistic worldviews? Is there an easy answer?
Question to readers: What do you feel is/are the solution(s)?