Babel: (n) Also called Tower of Babel, a tower presumptuously intended to reach from earth to heaven
That’s some sound advice. It does beg some questions: What is the work? And of course, what is foolishness?
There is an Old Testament story about a tower which was presumably built in an attempt to rendezvous with the heavens and have communion with God. The premise itself is absolutely ludicrous, as most human ploys seem to be when viewed over the distance of time.
But in the moment, it seemed noble.
It seemed regal.
Worse, it seemed righteous.
Human beings are a horrible lot when they become discontented with being human and instead, try to either become animals…or God.
We’re not allowed to just be animals. Our brain is too big for that.
We’re not allowed to be God. Our brain is too small for that.
So what is the work? In the story, God confounds their plans by offering them different languages, so that they had to learn to communicate with each other.
There you have it.
My only work on earth is to learn to communicate with other people.
- It’s the way I make money.
- It’s the way I make friends.
- Hell, it’s even the way I make love.
My only foolishness is to avoid humans, over-love animals or over-worship God.
Aside from believing in God and using the principles of love which He has imparted to me to interact with my fellow-travelers, that “Father Who Art in Heaven” who has the “Hallowed Name” only becomes my concern when one day I breathe my last breath … and He is my new reality.
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