While it’s a word oft heard in the corridors of a church, the word carries a relatively simple meaning: “the work of the people,” with the implication that it’s additionally “for the people.” The role and implications of public liturgies in our society often should up as costs to our well-being as humans. Powerlines run from one edge of the country to the other, and we accept them as part of the horizon. While this may be a worthy cost for something like power, it seems that humanity blindly accepts these public liturgies as beneficial, even when they might be broken.