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Tower of Babel

Today’s post is random, I apologize. All week I attempted to write a lovely poem, but failed utterly. So instead, you are left with a list of babble.

1. Confession: It has been made apparent that I am somewhat narrow-minded in my selection of films. If someone disagrees with me on a movie review, I will involuntarily scrutinize everything that leaves their mouth from that point forward. It’s not that everyone must enjoy the same films as me, or that I think my tastes are infallible. (Or maybe they are?) But one’s opinion of the creative arts tells a lot about the person. And if you hate a movie that I love, then there is obviously something very dissimilar about you, which invokes scrutiny. Yes, I said it, differences segregate.

2. Sometimes I wonder whether my being intent on being different from others results in my missing out on some otherwise wonderful things. Take Harry Potter for instance. I was anti-Potter for so many years, mostly because it was the “cool thing” to be in to (yes, when I was like ten), well that and the whole witchcraft aspect. It wasn’t until probably ten years after initial publication that I learned how much I loved this purely fantasy wizarding world. (Presently I rebel against the Hunger Games.) But lately, it seems the biggest thing that separates me from my other female friends is my not having children. And although I have reasons deeper than defiance for not wanting children, I sometimes wonder how much my love for being different plays a role.

3. I have come to pity politicians. Poor creatures aren’t allowed to change their minds about anything without seeming inconsistent and unreliable. But isn’t that the natural evolution of maturing? With time and experience we learn more sophisticated ways of thinking. Knowledge transforms into something more substantial, like wisdom. Tell me, have you felt the exact same way on every topic in your life as you did ten years ago? Or twenty? Because I certainly have not. I think an evolving politician sounds refreshing, don’t you?

4. There are some holidays that I just don’t get. It seems we have a national day of celebrating for just about any and everything. When is National Pen Day again? Oh right, June 10th. But then there are those days that actually make me rather sad because they remind me that while everyone else may have reason to celebrate, I do not. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day were hard enough, but now there’s apparently a “National Siblings Day,” which is incredibly sweet. But it reminds me that I was born an only child. I have six wonderful siblings by marriage, but those relationships are relatively new. Oh to have another person on this earth who could really understand my childhood, the way a brother or sister could.

5. Confession: Forward people freak me out. More specifically those who are eagerly inclined, lacking restraint or modesty, or are overconfident or too bold. I like to take my time to “warming up” to new people, preferably at my own snail-like pace. What’s even stranger is that I am not shy or timid in the least. Perhaps more accurately it is presumptuous people who warrant caution. Now I’m sure there is some deeper psychological explanation for this oddity, but let’s not psychoanalyze me today, okay? Maybe next week.

Well thanks for reading! I hope that you have a great weekend… Maybe watching a good movie (like Harry Potter), or encouraging a politician, or maybe telling your sibling you love them, or not freaking people out with your forward audacity. Hey, all of those are good, how about all of the above?

And here is your history lesson on the Tower of Babel:

Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused[a] the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.

(Genesis 11:1-9)

In ancient times, people thought the heavens were not far above the earth. If only they could build a tower to the sky, they could climb up and be like gods themselves. Mankind had once again lost sight of God and become arrogant and self-sufficient. Let this be a reminder to us, despite our differences in opinions and however right we may feel about them, let us not lose sight of God who is sovereign and in control.


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