You know how war doesn’t make sense?


I want to preface this by saying I’m not Christian, but I was raised in it.

I think the feeling of separation and tribalism that drives cultures to want to eradicate each other is the meaning of the story of the Tower of Babel. The main thing that keeps humanity from reaching divinity, from building a tower that reaches the heavens, is our sense of separation both as cultures and individuals. Separation inherently breeds conflict in a polarized universe, so pushing away any group or individual can only result in creating more conflict for everyone.

There’s a recurring theme in the Bible in my mind where God is apprehensive of the heights that humanity can reach. The first being the garden of eden where The Serpent says that God doesn’t want us to have the knowledge of good and evil because it would make us like him. Then the Tower of Babel where all of humanity working together was enough of a threat in God’s eyes that he created all the separate languages that provide the greatest barrier between cultures. Personally, I read these stories as meaningful mythology more than literal events, so I hope I’m not offending anyone.

I think the idea of God intending for the universe to work against us is controversial at best, so I don’t want to dwell on that, but the idea that separation of any kind prevents connection of all kinds is practically self evident. Separation and connection are literally antonyms; one cannot exist simultaneously with another. There will never be global peace and unity so long as the majority of people carry an “us and them” mentality. Of course there will always be different opinions and ways of thinking, but we need to get past the belief that different ideas make us fundamentally different beings. You can disagree with someone and still love them.

tl:dr

The Tower of Babel is about separation causing conflict, which keeps humanity from our full potential. If you want to advance the cultural evolution of humanity then there can be no “us and them.”

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