THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMM: IRANIANS AND IRISH ON THE TOWER OF BABEL ...May 31, 2012
A couple of weeks ago I commented about the emerging eclipse of the Tower of Babel moment, as fewer and fewer languages are coming to represent the lingua franca of ever larger portions of the world's population, with English leading the way. I had a number of interesting responses, including two interesting bits of information I thought I'd pass along, and comment upon. The first little tidbit is this, reported by Iranian Press TV:
Now, this gave me pause for a number of reasons, so bear with me here. The first reason was, at a time when the nutjobs running the West deliberately seem to be stepping up the saber rattling against the nutjobs running Tehran, the nutjobs in Tehran's Press TV decide to run a story completely off topic, about a Babylonian inscription found in the collection of a Norwegian businessman, which inscription is allegedly of King Nebuchadnezzar. Ok, I thought, there's a subtle message here: the Babylonian exile of the Hebrews. An affair that, if one believes the Old Testament, didn't end well for the Babylonians when Cyrus the Great (Persia) took the city, freed the Hebrews, and so on.
But there was a second possible message here, I thought. How did this old inscription end up in a Norwegian businessman's collection? The Press TV article doesn't say. Most likely the explanation wasn't worth bothering about. But there is a slim possibility another message might be being sent, namely: "We know about the Baghdad Museum looting, and your 'antiquity-collecting' scheme." Well, Iran is full of priceless antiquities of its own. Funny, I thought to myself, how the Middle East seems to be having trouble in the countries with antiquities... Well, a fanciful idea to be sure. Then there's the ever-present Tower of Babel theme: that didn't end too well for humanity either, I recalled, no matter whose version you consulted. Messages indeed, and this one was subtle.
Then someone else sent me this intriguing Wikipedia link briefly describing the Celtic-Irish version of the same event:
So Irish legend has it that one of its kings with a name curiously resembling the word "Phoenician" was one of the builders of the fabled tower? Moreover, said king actually tried to reconstruct the lost unitary language? At this juncture, my mind was swirling with the possibilities. I've maintained, as part of the complex hypothesis I've been investigating in various books, that this ancient unitary language may have represented something more than just an everyday spoken and/or written natural language, that it may in fact have represented a kind of unification of the sciences, philosophy, and what we would now call religion.
The image conjured by the Irish legend seemed to fit yet another model I have been investigating, namely, that in the aftermath of some global or perhaps even "cosmic" catastrophe - which in my case I think was a war (back to Iran again) - the surviving elites undertook to preserve as much of their quickly evaporating science and knowledge as they could. And here, in the Irish version of events, was a statement precisely to that effect, moreover, a statement that would indicate that this effort was undertaken in what we would now call "the West."
I doubt there is much more linking these two things other than a strange sort of "synchronicity," but it is odd that the Tower of Babel should seem to be on the minds of the clerics that control Press TV, when other more important issues would seem to be worthy of their attention. And as all synchronicities seem to embody the strange, bizarre, and downright weird, it is equally odd that, of all the ancient legends out there concerning this Moment of history, the Irish should seem to preserve the idea of an elite busily at work, in the wake of the first great fragmentation of mankind, at putting things back together again.
See you on the flip side.