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Reaching for the Sky

<blockquote>Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
They said to each other, "Come, let's make bricks and bake them thoroughly." They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth."
But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The Lord said, "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other."
So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel – because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
Genesis 11:1-9</blockquote>
Looking at one of the oldest accounts in the Bible, it seems like as a race, humankind haven't gone very far. Much as I find skyscrapers and architecture beautiful, I cannot help but see the similarities between modern skyscrapers and the ancient tower of Babel. Both are done in the same spirit. To overcome God. To stand on our own two feet.
Contrary to what evolution suggests, it seems that mankind has undergone more of a degeneration than an evolution of any sort. Cancer and other diseases have gone on the rise in magnitudes greater than we can imagine. Morally, our society has decayed, and looks set to go down this path of self-destruction. Even though our scientific exploits are mind-boggling, I fear that we have advanced faster than we are able to handle. We have not thought hard about the consequences of our actions and our research. Our scientists do what they do simply because they can.
"Pride comes before a fall" the old proverb reads. The spirit of Babel lives on today, and with the advent of the Internet, the geographical barrier has come undone. The communication barrier imposed by God has all but been overcome. Mankind will get there, and God will be forced to move His hand again.
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