The roots

babylon-04To really try and understand European identity and values, you might want to dig deep in the history of Europe.

There is one very interesting castle in the mediterranean. It is ancient, and the history of this castle is written in the epic stories that built Europe; Homer, the Odyssey.

In the ancient Greece, before the golden age of Plato and Aristotle there was a mythical age. An age of heroes and princes, an age of virtue and beauty.

This age is still an age we can dream back to, when we are in an age of great destitute and decay.

This culture was called the Mycenaeans. They were kings and aristocracy, and they had all these lofty ideas of romance and heroism.

We know that, but did you know, that there is an even deeper story to the Mycenaeans?

There is the story of the Amazonian warriors. The great female fighters, who ruled the east.

In fact these fighters were representatives of the culture called Hittities. A culture long forgotten, but still lingering in our culture.

The English adventurer Lawrence of Arabia, was an intellectual who searched in the Hittitie ruins and found so many things. He was also one of dreamers, the dreamer who would find new understanding and values.

The Hittities had one special idea, that they gave on to the rest of humanity. The idea of Asylum. Each Hittitie city was a safe haven for those who those who were persecuted by someone. As some churches and mosques are today.

A place for weak to find rescue.

Maybe that was an idea to relive somewhere, especially in these days where everything is chaos and decay. Maybe we need places where intellectuals and other people who are persecuted can find rest.

The Hittities were heirs to another city, a city called Babylon. The city that has inspired our religion, our democracies, law, everything we really use today.

So in strange way, we can trace our roots, in many ways, back to the city of Babylon. Because that city was where most of our civilization started.

G-d bless the will to find wisdom.

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