In other words, if one begins in the realm of what Saint Paul calls epithumeia in his letter to the Galatians and accepts desire as a perfectly valid raison d'être for human behavior, one will inevitably end at the place of sacrifice - human sacrifice (Gr. thumos) - as St Paul predicts. Desire here is used not merely in a Freudian sense, but rather from the lexicon of cultural anthropology. It is "compulsive fascination with the other, either positive or negative," which leads to rivalry, resentment, obsession, and, finally, murder.
(P)eople are tempted to multiply the innocent victim, to kill all the enemies of the nation or the class, to stamp out what remains of religion or family as the origins of all forms of repression, or to sing the praises of murder or madness as the only true forces of liberation.
All projects of liberation in our world that start from the presumption that we cannot question desire, that desire is the ticket to our libertion, end up by offering us victims and an ideology that justifies that victimization.- Gil Bailie, Gift of Self
What is stunning about Bailie's insight is that so many litigious groups today seek "liberation" - freedom - for the free exercise of desire never realizing or having any concern for the victims strewn in the wake of their endeavors, including the smallest and least heard victims, children aborted from their mothers' wombs.
For what rationale? For the freedom to follow unquestioningly one's desire.
The Catholic Church still maintains with Saint Paul that freedom comes in stepping away from the old ways of the primitive sacred and its enshrining of desire in pantheons of gods and goddesses or - in one case today - a Scimitaresque bloodthirsty monotheism.
This is the true war in which humanity is engulfed today.