The Israelites of old had a custom whereby — to stop the psychological consequences of sin — they put their sins onto a goat and drove it into the desert.
Of course it wasn’t fair to the poor goat, because it was just a dumb animal, driven into an inhospitable environment and if it survived long enough it probably became dinner for some wandering nomad.
I mean, PETA would be all over them, but it was a sophisticated way to save the community.
Fortunately for them the goat didn’t have access to the internet and its store of misbehavior that never goes away.
So, on Dave Pascoe’s (#3 auxiliary, backup adopted son) posts he had a throw away line. It’s early in the morning and I’ve only had half a cup of coffee and I’m not going to look for it just now, but if I recall it was something…