Ypp, a regular commenter here at Gates of Vienna, offers the following thoughts prompted by a post I wrote last week. His essay was little too long and off-topic for the comments, so he asked me to post it separately.
The Tower of Babel
Recently I saw a picture from one of the US cable channels which was supposed to represent one of the Muslim countries, which one is now irrelevant. Guess what they showed? It was a couple of huge minaret towers.
It made me recall what I learned from TV and in school about other countries. France is of course the Eiffel tower. England — the tower of Parliament with Big Ben. Moscow is represented by the Ostankino TV tower and the Kremlin towers. Berlin also had a TV tower, though lower than that in Moscow. And I realized that in the progressive mind the only thing worth doing is to build a tower. One whose tower is the highest becomes the first among others in the progressive world.
Now another story. In his recent post about Holland, Baron wrote that Holland allow immigrants not to learn Dutch, and that reminds him of the Tower of Babel. Mixing languages was exactly the reason why the builders of the Tower failed.
But what is the Tower itself, what will be ruined by that mixing? Is it a multicultural society? No, multicultural society is the one where languages have already mixed, so it is already a failure.
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Does the Tower means the great economic achievements? Or the great Empire of completely equal citizens with arbitrary culture?
Now connecting those two stories. Progressives and liberals claim that 9/11 was caused by the lack of communication. I think that to the progressive mind the communication was meant to be as follows: Hey guys, you are building towers and we are building towers. We are alike, why can’t we build them together? Why don’t you understand our language? Maybe, it will help if we learn yours? Why don’t you understand us???!!!
I can’t stop being amazed how the 3,000 year old story is being repeated today. And how some people fail to learn from it.