Thursday, August 13, 2009
TOWERS OF BABEL
Reading THE RULE OF FOUR Ian Caldwell and Dustin and it got me thinking about 'forbidden' knowledge and
eventually I was thinking of the Tower Of Babel as a metaphor.
The Tower wasn't dedicated to "God" but instead to Man's glory and according to the Bible we were intended to be scattered
across the Earth, , fine, whatever. I don't see why God would begrudge us knowledge or using our faculties, but in a very simple back and white
interpretation, sure, don't challenge the Old Testament big guy...
When the tower climbed too high, populated by a united humanity all speaking the same language, it was destroyed by God and
languages confounded (allegedly). This supposedly made many languages and cultures and we were scattered across the Earth.
One, this story is very dubious, especially if you have ever studied time-lines of linguistic development, but...the bigger metaphor
I wanted to explore is this= WE CREATED TRUE CONFUSION (aka. a "Babel" punishment) ourselves via religious fanaticism and
intolerance. The seeds of closed minded bias and holier than thou condemnation and abuse of power, so called "moral" reasoning
used to murder and perpetuate endless "holy" wars; these are the intractable idiocies which even in the face of scientific evidence
deny logic and are perpetuated by divisive and fearful, sad little creatures. We NEED a real "Tower", and by this I mean a symbolic
acceptance and sharing of disciplines, ideas and even contradictory beliefs freely debated.
Not everyone has to be culturally the same by any means, but we mus respect one another.
THIS is the true way to ascend AND find, be a part of and mutually create something "holy" within this existence.
"Like all things in the Universe, we are destined from birth to diverge. Time is simply the yardstick of our . If we are particles
in a sea of distance, exploded from an original whole,then there is a science to our solitude. We are lonely in proportion to our years"- from
THE RULE OF FOUR.