I think… there is another sin which precedes and informs genocide and slavery. That sin knocks down the living pillars holding up the temple of this Earth. Ironically this sin was codified as the Doctrine of Christian Discovery by Catholic Pope Nicholas 5th in 1455. It would be hard to imagine a more ruthless, racist, and arrogant assertion of greater consequence than this one which posits humans and their activities as somehow separate from and superior to the laws of nature. It also determined that non-Christians had no rights—not to property, or land or life. That is, it gave the church’s blessing to brutal imperialism. Columbus and the Conquistadores (the transnational corporate emissaries of their day) came to these continents infused with this doctrine which justified robbery, slavery, murder and rape. Conveniently, thanks to their Pope’s Doctrine of Discovery, they were fulfilling God’s will. Such thinking is spectacularly criminal, self-serving, and ultimately suicidal.