>> Friday, July 10, 2009
For Aron: Someone claimed that the Tower of Babel proved that god did not want humanity to conduct macro-Engineering projects. Does this story mean this?
I have no idea. In order for me to know with certainty the real lesson intended in the story, I'd have to crawl into the head of the author, know his motivations, culture, background. Or, presuming it were inspired directly by God, I would have to also crawl into God's head. Both tasks are beyond me.
But even if I knew the original intent, I can't see how that would make a particular interpretation right or wrong.
For me, I always thought the intent was that there was no road directly to Heaven, that you can't obtain Godhood by building a pathway. I can see the interpretation you've mentioned and half a dozen others.
Do I think God has an issue with macro-Engineering projects? No, not of it they're done in an environmentally friendly. But that's my own opinion.
Actually, though I hadn't given this story much thought, my first reaction is this story is in response to some of the pyramid building, wherein a King would plan a path to an afterlife. More than one of those attempts failed abysmally and I could see this story falling out of that failure.
In the end, it shouldn't be about what anyone else thinks God means - just what you think.