Tower Of Babel 2.0

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on February 25, 2010

There is a sculpture in Spain causing controversy. Created by Eugenio Merino, the work is titled ( in English) “Stairway to Heaven“. No, it does not have Jimmy Page, playing the bane of classic rock radio. It is an image of a Jew, standing on the shoulders of a Catholic, who is kneeling on the back of a Muslim. All three of the men are praying.

After writing the last sentence, PG decides to take another look to insure gender correctness. The Jew on top has a long beard. The Catholic is bald, and is wearing a priest’s outfit. The Muslim has it’s face to the ground, and could, in theory, be a woman. PG is going to take a chance, for the sake of clean writing, and call all three participants men. Like anyone really cares.

There are all sorts of implications and hidden meanings here. The Israeli embassy in Spain issued a statement, saying
“The piece contains elements which are offensive for the Jews, the Israelis, and, of course, for others“. Considering the way Palestinians are treated by Israel, to say “others” is gushing with kindness.
Maybe a better word for the piece would be “Tower of Babel”. The three men are praying, presumably to the same G-d. However, they speak three different languages, and the content of their prayers is one of the reasons they fight each other so much. Maybe if they spoke the same tongue, they would understand each other better, and fight less.

PG was raised in the Jesus Worship tradition ( Jesus Worship is represented here by the Catholic priest. The division of Jesus Worship that PG is familiar with is a different one, arguably as different from Catholicism as Judaism is from Islam.) PG has become alienated from Jesus, and Jesus Worship. A casualty from this is the custom of prayer. While PG recognizes that this custom may have benefits for some people, the idea of “talking to G-d” seems silly at best, and like a huge ego trip at worst.

One thing about prayer… it is talking. There is a saying that prayer is talking to G-d, and meditation is listening. Maybe the three men in the tower would be better off if they would shut up, and listen.

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