Separated Shards

According to the biblical story that tells of a tower in the city of Babel, at one time the entirety of mankind spoke a single language. Because of this unhindered ability to collaborate, mankind could do anything, they even had the power to build a tower that reaches into the heavens. Because of this, the creator-of-all came down and confounded men’s speech so they could no longer understand each other. And thus the many languages of the world were put into place.

I’ve often thought that people are limited by Harrison Bergeron style restraints (the story by Kurt Vonnegut). But instead of external restraints, people are limited by internal ones such as forgetfulness. And it’s certainly true that different languages slow down our ability to collaborate. The world includes these restraints because they create a better game-playing experience. If everyone had unlimited abilities, the world would be too malleable — and with so many cooks-in-the-kitchen it’d just turn to mush.

If wishes became instantly true, a simple wish to obliterate the world would come true too. With unlimited ability to create, comes the limitless ability to destroy. We can therefore imagine the need for speed-bumps. And speaking of global collaboration, the Internet is reminiscent of such a tool. But what happens when the hive-mind goes negative? Is it better to remain as isolated sections of the world or should we truly come together as one?

Some aspects of spirituality speak about mankind developing into a oneness. But because we seem so purposefully separated, perhaps there’s a good reason for it. All this differentiation allows for drama and discovery, it’s what creates the most interesting stories. In any narrative, the cast is populated by unique characters each with their own traits and foibles. And as we can plainly observe, the Internet is not serving to unite the world but simply allows factions to continue on a different playing field.

Just imagine if humanity did achieve oneness, if they did build a tower to the creator-of-all, then what? I think it’d be Game Over. For instance, if the world is actually God split into many shards, then a reunification would end the experience of mortal existence — God would be whole having realized who He is. And afterward, He would be ready to explode into a billion shards once again. Therefore, I don’t think the purpose of spirituality is to achieve nearness to God or even each other, but simply to help inhabitants have a better time on Earth.

Why would a creator not want enjoyment and appreciation to come from his creation? So if you’re having a hard time understanding life, spirituality can clue you in. It can alleviate the stress of immersion by creating a comfortable perspective. It can explain that life is merely a game, not a chance-based torture chamber. We can gladly accept our restraints because it makes the game entertaining as we try to figure out a way through. What CAN we do? Because of our innate ignorance we get to test and find out, that’s the enjoyment of exploration.


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