Parents of a doctor have been known to declare that they sacrificed a lot to put their child through school to become a doctor. They cite sacrifices such as not taking vacations, not buying alcohol, not buying new cars, and so on. Therefore, if sacrifice means what it means, the exchange of a greater value for a lesser value, does it imply that the child's medical degree is of lesser value than the vacations, alcohol, and cars?
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I would choose to rephrase the meaning of sacrifice to be "the exchange of a perceived greater good for a perceived lesser good." Thus the idea of such an example might be expounded upon from the parent's point of view as, "We came across many situations where we perceived something like a vacation or car as a greater good than the child's education appeared at the day. However, we had reason to believe that our perceptions were in err, and in fact the money was better spent on the child's education. However, we as parents, recognize that there are probabilities involved. Our child might not use that degree effectively. However, we believe the Return on Investment (ROI) is good enough that we will sacrifice our guaranteed vacations and cars for a probability of improving our child's life in the future."
Passive-aggression is a hypocritical brainwashing strategy.
In this case you are talking about a passive-aggressive claim against a debt that can never be repaid, as an attempt to garner compliance from the child, or praise from others that they feel they deserve and are not getting.
This has nothing to do with sacrifice. A genuine sacrifice does not result in a debt. If you do something and will try to collect on the debt later, that is investment, not a sacrifice.
Sacrifice, etymologically means 'making holy' usually returning something to a state of holiness. Its most basic form (symbolized in holocausts of atonment or in Salic weregelt) may be the recognition and repayment of a debt, or its release (forgiveness in Germanic laws -- for-given-ness, the state of having had enough given for it). To the extent that debts, when mishandled, become lies that put one in a state of sin, debt is a model for sin (Forgive us our Debts...). But a real sacrifice never creates a debt. It can only resolve one.