Babylon revisited

To find a solution to problem of the modern world, one can search in history for inspiration. The system we have today, what we call democracy is a system with deep roots. It goes all the way back to Mesopotamia and famed cities as Eden (Eridu) and Babylon. The theory behind the triangulation of power between a king (the president) aristocracy (the upper house) and the people (the lower house) is developed in the time of the semitic kingdoms we still preserve as a memory in the bible.

Most of the problems we have now is a direct consequence of the system we have. So the solutions people found to the same problems they had, when they invented the system, might still be valid.

Let us have a look at the system and the faults. The faults are simple; corruption, lack of loyality, lack of tradition, no respect for law, no respect for freedom of speech. This creates chaos, and a chaos where you cannot understand your neighbour, do not wish to work with him, and often live an isolated life.

This is painful for the individual, the lonelyness of the single career person in the megacities of modern times, is heartbreaking.

In the ancient times, when democracy was invented, they had the same problems in a city called Babylon. Babylon was a modern city, a gigantic city, famed for its massiv size, and its advanced system of government. They invented democracy.

Now, judaism, and subsequently christianity and islam is founded in Babylon by a man called Abraham. Abraham lived in the megacity of the ancient Mesapotamia, and just as we have today, Babylon was plunged into individualism and corruption. Its symbol is the tower of Babylon. A tower where nobody understands anybody. The Babylonians just kept building on that tower until it reached the sky, and plunged into the abyss.

As we are now.

Abraham had a solution to the problem of the Babylonians, he argued, that the best remedy of the egoism and the dissolvation of Babylon, was to show love and compassion. He argued, that egoism is only a challenge to the individual, a challenge to overcome, to enter into solidarity. Nobody listened to Abramham, except a people who took his ideas to heart, the jewish people. Since then they have tried to reach that goal Abraham put in front of them, to reach Israel. To create a nation and ultimately a world, based on love.

The world is put in the same situation again. The system of Babylon, recreated once again, has lead us to the same problems and perhaps the same solutions.

But let us put the idea of Abraham to the test of nature. How do we actually work with love in our lives? Well, as Empedochles and Darwin says, there is a negative side to love, and that is strive. All nature both loves and struggles. This is how nature works, and this is the basic critisism one can put to the idea of love saving mankind. Because, what about the striving and struggle everywhere?

Now, as things have unfolded, we have become enemies. Christianity and judaism as opposed to islam. What we think as the fight for our sovereignity is basically a fight for ourselves. We tend to think we have the right, and so on. Basically this is just egoism.

But there is a serious fight, a fight we can and must take, and that fight is an inner as well as an outer fight. The fight against the dark side of humanity. The fight against the cruelty of ourselves. As I see it, this is the real fight we are fighting. As we did in Libya, we fought to free the people of Libya from the terror of the tyrant, as we fight the cruelty of the supressing imams. We fight to make a world, where justice reigns.

We should not loose the aim; the aim is a world where we create a world love. But we should realise that there is a dark side to humanity that needs to be fought with the right means.

In the jewish Kabbalah they talk about the path of light that leads to love. The path of light is to see and expose things as they are. Travelling down this path is the real fight; the fight for enlightentment, the fight for truth.

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