Listening to Matt Taibbi and Walter Kirn discussing Jorge Luis Borges’ short story “The Library of Babel” inspired me to update my interpretation of the Tower Of Babel story.
The missed connection about who is likely responsible for building a tower to reach heaven is exemplified here as a global corporate body.
A corporate body signifies an association of the most powerful transnational corporations with dedicated globalist leaders who don’t believe in the sovereignty of the individual or the nation.
Corporations that are allied with a globalist agenda are implanted in countries all over the world. They have subverted the most powerful governments of the planet. This body controls corporate media to propagate the doctrine of a ONE world governance.
One example of global corporate agenda is the weapons, security and surveillance industries’ expansion in Europe that has resulted in the war in Ukraine. The war is an inconspicuous attempt to takeover countries that don’t submit to the global corporate world order.
A divine intervention could be exemplified by a conflict that will revive old rivalries and animosities among European countries and more likely than not expand the war in Europe. The war will unravel disunity and derail a globalist agenda by altering past alliances, disrupting existing economic cooperation and spreading distrust and confusion among global participants.
What is at stake is a disintegration of the current world order and the beginning of an economic realignment and political reformation of the world between major continental blocks.
“The one saving grace for some in the community, I have been told, has been CIA Director William Burns.
Burns was ambassador to Russia and deputy secretary of State and is seen as someone “who has come around” in opposition to some of the White House’s foreign policy follies. “He doesn’t want to be a rat on a sinking ship,” the official told me.
On the other hand, I have been told, it’s not clear to those in the CIA who prepare the President’s Daily Brief (PDB) that Joe Biden is a regular reader of their intelligence summary. The document is usually three pages. Decades ago I was told—by someone who begged me not to write about it at the time—that Ronald Reagan rarely read the PDB until Colin Powell, then in the White House, began reading it to a video recorder. The tape would then be played for the president. It’s unclear who, if anyone, might take the initiative as Biden’s Colin Powell.”
Thinking about Ukraine’s response to Russia’s aggression in the context of Catholic moral tradition requires a re-reading of Pacem in Terris. — By Massimo Faggioli, Commonweal Magazine; @MassimoFaggioli
The post-conciliar consensus arose from the fact that Pacem in Terris reflected an understanding of the world transitioning from an imperial-colonial order to the Cold War of ideological empires—the so-called “free world” against the atheistic Communist totalitarianism. That consensus is now in crisis, and the inversion of roles is complete: a “God-with-us” Russian regime against an anathematized, decadent, secular West.
This civilizational narrative is clearly ideological and instrumental. But sixty years on we can say that Pacem in Terris has been vindicated, especially in its insistence that “human coexistence must be considered above all as a spiritual fact.”
Creation and Goddess symbols in Genesis 1-3 is among the more popular essay on this web site. I wrote it over thirty years ago and over the years I made several corrections. Recently I updated a post-scriptum (below) to clarify the distinction between language and the spoken word/speech.
In the book of Genesis, language, defined as a communication system, should not be confused with speech: A human capacity to re-produce a spiritual experience and presence.
When a person reads the Bible, he or she brings to life the inspired Word of God. This process involves the reader’s utterance of God’s creative activity in the beginning of the Bible.
Emile Benveniste pointed out, language re-produces reality. In Genesis, God’s creation and existence is re-produced by human speech. It transcends time/space of words that were written in the beginning.
reader/speaker/God’s spoken words
A spiritual experience is illustrated in these terms: A copy of the Bible sits on a table. The book is an external and non-existent object without a reader. A person appears and picks up the Bible. He or she opens the book and begins to read Genesis. Words become alive as the reader utters the order of syntax and re-produces God’s creative activity. What was at the outset an external reality becomes inspirational and a wholly external/internal spiritual experience linking past and present with human speech.
Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 Now the earth was a formless void, there was darkness over the deep, with a divine wind sweeping over the waters.
1:3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
God is a noun. What defines God or a deity is its attribute or verb. In Genesis 1:3 God speaks…
God’s creation consists of words/symbols like light and darkness, day and night, days of the week, the naming of animals, of man and woman, etc. words without which the world of the Bible and the cultural heritage it created would not exist. These are words and symbols we still use today.
In this sense creationists are right. God did create the world of the Bible. Yet, Genesis does not allude to particles, molecules, biological and astronomical evolution that also exists. A reality that is described by science and by scientists. Nonetheless, the Bible re-produces a reality distinct from the language of science.
Keep in mind that at the time of Genesis’ writing only priests/scribes were able to read or write. It was a closely guarded family skill. As it happens at the center of the garden stands a prominent symbol of genealogy; a tree.
Only priests had the ability/authority (note that the word authority comes from author) to read the Torah to the faithful. By reading/speaking God’s words to an audience they acted as a medium between God and the assembly of believers.
The advent of the printing press altered this authority by allowing any reader to become a medium. It promoted individualism, contemplation, prayer, meditation and self-communication of God’s presence.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The emphasis of John’s quote is not the Word as text but the verb in terms of speech. A dynamic that re-creates the presence/existence of God to oneself by being/speaking the Word of God. A speaker embodies the essence of life, the presence of God and the power of human communication.
The original meaning of inspiration is the action of inhaling or breathing in. Its also means the act of inspiring and enlighten the mind/soul. In a metaphysical and mystical sense, this means the human soul is a recipient God’s Spirit. And expiring, breathing out (using the vocal cords), or human speech is the ultimate means of communication. Keep in mind that in Hebrew the words Spirit, breath and wind are synonymous.
I am the writer of this essay. You as the reader bring to life what I’m trying to convey. You transcend the time/space of when I wrote these words. I the writer and you the reader connect spiritually. Without you the reader, I am non-existent.
Ironically it’s hard to convey this dynamic with words.
The citizen’s starter kit to understanding the new global information cartel
Introduction by Matt Taibbi
On January 17, 1961, outgoing President and former Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower gave one of the most consequential speeches in American history. Eisenhower for eight years had been a popular president, whose appeal drew upon a reputation as a person of great personal fortitude, who’d guided the United States to victory in an existential fight for survival in World War II. Nonetheless, as he prepared to vacate the Oval Office for handsome young John F. Kennedy, he warned the country it was now at the mercy of a power even he could not overcome…
Life is cyclical. We human beings are born, we grow, we mature, we eventually degenerate and die. The same goes for animals and plants. A similar cyclical pattern applies to physics. Planets move in a cyclical manner. We have a day and night. There are low and high tides. Light and sound move in waves, so on and so forth… One gets the picture.
Life flourishes, then it embarks in a slow decay and the cycle ebbs, it ends and a new cycle begins…
The same can be said of the World Wide Web (WWW). It began as a great communication system between a few computer at CERN, it expanded exponentially allowing a majority of people on the planet to communicate and do business.
The Web started out as an innovative communication tool. It developed quickly into a global commercial enterprise that has altered the way the world does business. Tim Berners Lee’s dream of a universal hypertext-based information system morphed into a global means of stateless mega corporations to dominate with the ability to spy, and to a certain extent, control the narrative on how the world should be run in the image of a global corporate body.
The WWW’s global reach over the world has been infiltrated by powerful corporate interests. Perhaps the Web has reached the end of its beneficial cycle. Hopefully what lies ahead is a positive disintegration of the Internet and what will emerge is a new/parallel open-source hypertext language that will stand for the sovereignty of each individual human being and promote a grassroots economy of the planet.
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