Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Glory of the Bubble

A post first on CannabisChassidis’ take on the month of Tammuz and a McKennaian inspired theory on Migdal Bavel led to a post on WonderingJew’s musings of the incident... this in turn aroused me to do some speculating of my own.
To me Migdal Bavel revolved around the idea the we can achieve all on our own through advancement, exclamations of “we no longer need rely upon God” likely being the prevalent sentiment. Collective ability of Man becomes the object of veneration rather than a means through which to come closer to God’s Truth. This concept has re-emerged in various fashions throughout history, to me it is the ‘Cult of Man’. Perhaps they believed that by geometrically aligning their tower with the constellations they would be able to usurp the Shamayim it is symbolic of and use it too for self aggrandizement, a tribute to themselves.
According to ChaZaL, Nimrod was the motivating individual in this whole scheme, he was the son of Cush, who was the son of Cham. Perhaps by this point several pseudo languages had already developed along the migratory routes of Shem, Cham, and Yafes (proto-semitic? , proto-african? , proto-indo european? etc.) but up until now had managed to maintain enough similitude to enable proper communication harkening upon the commonalities of the language. It is only once one of the descending ethnic groups has the audacity to recognize its own potential and use it for subversion that this dispersion takes place. The inhabitants of Shinar scattered across the earth amongst their cousins of old. The Shinarites each off on their own in new geographic regions, further separating the ties of the archetypal dialect shared by Noach’s sons by means of repeating the same mistake... Self glorification of the Collective which through its advances seeks to differentiate itself against the established “other”. This newfound and developing philosophy possibly leading to the erection of many other monuments over the face of the earth. One Ziggurat begetting another, and another, and.... soon enough we have Mesopotamians/Babylonians, and Greeks with Ziggurats... Egyptians, Nubians, Meso-americans with their own incarnation via Pyramids. In the end we see that unfortunately Man seemingly never tires of this charade - one might even recall the Space Race (I personally don’t but its in the Collective memory) between the “United” States and the Soviet “Union”, a battle of egos and glorification of the Collective Self once again using the mechanisms symbolic of advanced civilization..... Anyway I’m sure any credible person in the field of linguistics or philology would easily be able to shatter these notions...but I’ve got an affinity for this bubble I built...

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