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Friday, January 27, 2017

Race Issues 2c: The Tower of Babel - An Optimistic, Hypothetical De-Segregation Scenario

I have two hypothetical scenarios for what could have otherwise happened at Babel. Let's start with the most optimistic fantasy of the two.
The building of the Tower of Babel was the work of pride. The builders aimed at constructing something according to their own ideas, and thus resist the guidance of God. When the children of Noe had become very numerous, the proudest and most experienced among them met to resolve upon this execution of some work so great and so strong as to be the wonder of all ages to come and cause the builders to be spoken of as the most skillful, the most powerful of men. They thought not of God, they sought only their own glory. Had it been otherwise, as I was distinctly told, God would have allowed their undertaking to succeed.
- Venerable Catherine Anne Emmerich, The Life of Jesus Christ and Biblical Revelations
Imagine we are back at the scene--the city of Babel. God has just poured out the confusion of tongues upon all of the men of that country. For the first time, men no longer speak a single language.

However, before the people begin to leave this city, they stop in their tracks. Each person within the city, regardless of what new dialect he now speaks, returns to his home, and he comes out in sackcloth. And then, each man weeps in extreme grief, throwing ashes from a jar over his head, falling prostrate onto the ground, wailing, and crying out to God in Heaven for forgiveness.

Imagine such a scene. Imagine the ancient people of the land of Shinar acting like the citizens of Ninevah. The entire population of the City of Babel would be repenting and praying for forgiveness.

The different groups of men would perhaps feel a strong pull in some direction: the East, the South, or even far away to the Northwest. Perhaps the leaders among the various groups had visions of angels urging them to take their new tribes away to distant climes. Yet, these Mesopatamians first would pray, fast, and beg God for mercy.

"God! Creator of the Universe! We beg you for your forgiveness! Do not separate us from our other brothers and sisters! Please do not exile us to the far extremes of the world!"

After forty days of fasting, abstenence, prayer, penance, and mortifications, God takes pity on the people of Babel. Gone is the push from an unseen Force to depart from the city. Community leaders are no longer having visions or experiencing apparitions of angels who urge them to leave Shinar. Though the people of Babel are still separated into groups by language, they now feel that God has allowed the family of Mankind to stay united in this global city. Yes, the world of men would eventually branch out from Babel in the fullness of time, but it would be on their terms and according to their own choices.

And so, grateful that God had allowed them to remain together, the people of Babel spent their existence in thanksgiving. They would sing praises to the God of the Universe for His benevolence and mercy in this matter. For a while, the project on the Tower would halt. Instead, attention would be put into civic matters. The city would be cleaned up, and the needs of the poor would draw more interest. The visible signs of God in nature would be studied carefully, and the energies of this new type of man would be focused on understanding the Mind of God, and man's place in His universe. Science and the arts would flourish. After a number of generations pass, the tongues of the people of Babel would meld into one universal language, as it was in the beginning, and even the three main tribes of Noah--the Shemites, Japetites, and the Hamites--would intermix through marriage. The idea of a single, unified world of man would become a famous idea amidst the populace, and the people would praise the Maker on an ongoing basis.

Finally, the time would come when the Nation of Babel would restart the Tower project. They would erect it so high, that the thin atmosphere at its peak would render breathing difficult. An entire day or more would be spent trying to reach its summit. The completed project would be mankind's ultimate tribute to God. Instead of being a challenge to the Almighty, the Tower of Babel would be an outward sign of Man's devotion to Him. Like a cathedral with the tallest arches, the Tower of Babel would reach like a spire into the Heavens, reflecting Man's conception of the enormous majesty of his Creator.

As the nation ages, and the citizens become more of a unified and singular people, sharing a mother tongue once more becomes a reality. There are no tribal divisions within their society, nor does anyone seek to remember how they were once divided from each other. The "confusion of the tongues" that God allowed is remembered more as a cultural nightmare and a legendary spook story to frighten children and scare people from discord.

In the end, the nation of Babel was the only government that mankind had ever known. They advanced as a people beyond the wildest dreams of the earliest generation of Babylonians. More towers would be built in honor of God, each reaching higher into the clouds, and each tower constructed in more of an advanced fashion than the previous megastructure. The city and country grew larger throughout the millenia, and the center of Babel sported miles-long towers that turned a part of the land of Shinar into dark lands that never saw the sunlight.

Men enlarged the majesty of their land in honor of the God of the Universe who united them all. They drove into the future, exceeding the advancements of the most technological civilizations, together and in unison with the will of their Father in Heaven. There were no other tribes, no other nations, and there was never any subversive element to their society.

Theirs was a universal global kingdom, and all of the people were united in an actual and truly holy brotherhood of mankind, far into the future until the day came when God returned to walk among men once more.  They all lived happily ever after.

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