Why do we keep the sacred separate from the profane? So we don’t dirty up the clean things. The clean things won’t make the dirty things any cleaner, but the dirty things sure can mess up the clean things. So we keep them separate. If we don’t, we’re left with nothing but dirty things. And this holds just as true for concepts as it does for objects.
You might be willing to suffer torture or even give up your own life to keep your enemies from getting what they want. But if your child’s safety or life is on the line, you’ll just fold like a house of cards, won’t you? You’ll do anything to keep him or her in one piece…or will you? What if there’s a fate to be avoided that’s worse than death?