Babel Tower

Babel Tower

The Tower of Babel (Hebrew: Migdal Bavel Arabic: Burj Babil) forms the focus of a story told in the Book of Genesis of the Bible. According to the story, a united humanity of the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating from the east, came to the land of Shinar where they resolved to build a city with a tower “whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth”. The Tower of Babel has often been associated with known structures, notably the Etemenanki, a ziggurat dedicated to the Mesopotamian god Marduk by Nabopolassar, king of Babylonia (c. 610 BC). The Great Ziggurat of Babylon base was demolished by Alexander the Great. A Sumerian story with some similar elements is told in Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta.

Humankind is building its modern version of the Babel Tower from the pride of its achievements and on the layers of previous mistakes. How much higher can we go in our illusive progress before we collapse and turn our world into rubble?

A. Einstein once said that nobody could predict in the 50’s that humankind would know so much and understand so little.