"The better taboos are not based on superstition: they are complex, efficient, and self-perpetuating expressions of solid tribal values -- that is, of social values." - John Shirley, New Taboos. He goes on to elaborate on the aesthetic impacts of taboos and suggest some modern ones like toxifying the environment, torture, etc. Isn't it interesting that in supposedly enlightened times, torture is not taboo?
Personally, I think one of the biggest "new taboos" we need is on extreme wealth. Billionaires should sicken us to the core. People who choose to stay insanely rich should not be treated with honor, like celebrities with some skill, but instead be hounded, reviled, and forcibly removed from their mass money.
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