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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Race Issues 2d: The Tower of Babel - A Pessimistic, Realistic, Hypothetical De-Segregation Scenario

Annuit cœptis - "This undertaking is favored"
Novus ordo seclorum - The new order of the ages
In the previous post, we imagined what an actual holy, diverse, multi-ethnic, global society would look like.  Such a global utopia would be centered humbly around the worship of the Creator of the Universe.  It was a theoretical fantasy, and such things as that do not happen in reality.  The people of our world are accustomed to pain, suffering, terrible decisions, malice, and division.

What if the Babylonians stayed together to defy God?
What if they refused to seed the Earth?
What if they tried to continue building the Tower?
Therefore, let's consider one more hypothetical scenario about Babel.  Let's consider the "realist" version of what the people of Babel would do if they defied the urge to leave the city and the Tower, and remained together in a stubborn refusal to consent to God's Own ordained segregation of people.

So, God has just poured out the confusion of tongues upon the population, and they no longer speak a single language.  St. Clement of Alexandria, St. Hippolytus of Rome, St. Augustine, and many others speculate that God separated them into as many as 72 different language groups.

A confusion of tongues
After this catastrophe, before the people begin to leave the city, they stop in their tracks. Each person, regardless of what new dialect he now speaks, returns to their particular quarter of Babel.  They feel urged to flee to the countryside, and some of the men are seeing visions of angels who are trying to guide them.  But they dismiss all of these feelings and visions, and they cloister together in their 72 communities, each person with their own group.

After a few days are spent trying to organize, it is decided among the Babylonians that the groups need to send representatives into a council in order to meet and translate each other's different language.  Not every group is represented at this council; at least 30% of the different Babylonian groups are forgotten or just never located.  So, only 70% of the groups are "in the know."

Self-worship and depravity
It is concluded that God was growing jealous of Mankind's achievement, and He confused their language in order to thwart their plan for attaining glory.  Speculation is that He felt that the Tower symbolized Man's rising greatness, and that men would one day replace Him.  There was much applause and self-congratulation when they came to this conclusion.  They decide, therefore, that the Babylonians will work to reacquaint themselves with one another, cross the language barriers, and continue work on the city and the Tower.

Construction is halted for a time, due to the language barriers.  The different groups of people gather together in their own quarters of the city, or even outside of the city where a few slums have existed.  In the matter of six months, there is regular communication between 70% of the groups.  The other thirty percent are ignored, even though the main leaders are aware of this slice of the population.

Slavery
After a year has passed, construction on the Tower resumes.  It is a sort of religious mission to keep humanity together and to finish the Tower of Babel.

Anyone who tries to flee the city is killed.  No one is allowed to leave, and no one is permitted to oppose the plan.  The different groups are forced together, and sometimes they are forced to work alongside one another.  The gates are guarded by sentinels, and the farms and fields and any other place Babylonians draw resources from are guarded carefully so that no one can escape the empire.

The 30% of the population who has not been "in the know" are enslaved laborers.  This class of people perform the most basic tasks, while the higher functions are left to the rest of society.  Matters pertaining to language unification and architecture, for example, are left to some of the highest classes.

Civil unrest
The differing groups within the city begin to have suspicion for one another.  They don't know what the other groups near them are saying.  They travel in packs.  Oftentimes insults are traded, property is defiled with graffiti, and there are murders.  It is not safe to go out alone, and everyone is a prisoner in their own section of Babel.  

One particular group within the city--a people who have mastered more languages than the others--manages to manipulate different groups against one another in order to gain increasing influence, respect, and power.  In time, these conspirators become the archons of Babel, and the labor of the rest of the groups largely benefits them and their posterity.  Some groups grovel and make many sacrifices to this single group of manipulators, and they are thrown more bones than the rest.  Meanwhile, the uninformed 30% of Babel who hardly understand anyone is kept in complete ignorance.
Some groups will seek to control lesser groups.

Identity wars are stirred up between the different people, but somehow the construction continues.  The tower is slowly becoming a monument for defiance against what they perceive as an irrelevant God, and unity and globalism has replaced the desire to follow this Supreme Being who has sought to divide them.  In fact, the confusion of tongues is seen as an assault against their human dignity, and the majority of men view God as an adversary.  There are many sacrifices of animals and even people, but not to the Creator of the Universe.  These sacrifices take place before those leaders with the highest status in Babel.  Life becomes cheaper with every passing year.  There is a minority of people who recognize that some kind of a universal Truth is being transgressed, but they are a tiny minority.  In fact, such adherents are often persecuted and even murdered.

Revolutions, inner city wars, strife, social corrosion
Though the archons of Babel portray the growth of the city and their Tower as a triumph, in reality, society is at war with itself.  Groups are often in open war with each other on the streets, and there are often fires started that burn entire sections of the city.  Some groups are completely killed off, while others are murdered down to only a remnant fragment with no chance of growing back to its original population.

Eventually, great revolutions and man-made calamities decimate more than half of the population, and the people of Babel, the only people in the world at that time, live an existence of bitterness, anguish, hate, resentment, and suffering.

When I wrote this hypothetical scenario, I thought of America.  I believe it was a good thing that God separated men from the Tower of Babel.


It was for the best.





1 comment:

  1. This, sadly, is conditional prophecy.

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