Apr 7, 2003

talking in tongues
Everyone's talking on talk shows. About the war. Everyone has an opinion. But so do I. What I want are facts. Sound and hardcore.
Talk show hosts bombard their "expert" guests with questions but don't even wait for answers because they have other questions to ask. Those invited to speak are expected to explain the war in Television Time. There's no time designated for reflection. Just for slogans.
Communication has become a collage of clichés.
The Tower of Babel was man's attempt to challenge God by building a tower to Heaven. People got together and started to make a bunch of bricks. But God, not wanting anyone to invade his celestial space, said "These men are able to build together because they speak the same language and understand one another." So God confused their language. This inabiltiy to communicate disintergrated the community's attempt to arrive at a shared goal and thus the building's construction was stopped (Genesis 11:1-9).

Does one speak the way they think or think the way they speak?

Language is giving a concrete meaning to an abstract sound.
Language unites and divides us. It forces us to group according to similarity. That which is good speaks our language. That which is bad, does not.
Multi-languages make war.

And now, after more than 2000 years, there's an attempt to reconstruct The Tower of Babel...with Babylonian Rubble.

Speaking in Tongues means being filled with the Holy Spirit because it's a reunification of comprehension thus dissovling differences and uniting man with God. Speaking not one language but, simultaneously, all languages creates unity because it neutralizes identity.
When the apostles began talking in tongues, no one understood them and thought they were drunk. In fact, they were Filled With Spirit.

When everyone speaks simultaneously, meaning is obliterated because nothing is understood.

Main Entry: Ba·bel
Pronunciation: 'bA-b&l, 'ba-
Function: noun
Etymology: Hebrew BAbhel, from Akkadian bAb-ilu gate of god
1 : a city in Shinar where the building of a tower is held in Genesis to have been halted by the confusion of tongues
2 often not capitalized a : a confusion of sounds or voices b : a scene of noise or confusion

glossolalia-- glossolalia-- glossolalia-- glossolalia-- glossolalia-- glossolalia-- glossolalia-- Xenoglossy : is the ability to speak or write in a language that has not been learned and appears to be fabricated and non meaningful. This type of speech can be associated with a trance state or certain schizophrenic syndromes.
Roots in the past are often used to claim a place in the present - from royal genealogies to Saddam Hussein's autographed bricks in the reconstructed palace of Nebuchadnezzar. So when, 50 years ago, Watson and Crick discovered the double helix it was not long before it was seized upon as a new tool to uncover our history - for DNA is not just the genetic code of our present, but a key to unlocking the past.


And what correlation can be made between speaking in tongues and automatic writing?

automatic writing--automatic writing--automatic writing--
automatic writing--automatic writing--automatic writing--automatic writing--The Role of Automatic Writing in the Surrealist Movement--automatic writing as being when, "consciousness and reason collaborate with chance and the unconscious."--Automatic writing is the most direct of Surrealist technique--Automatic writing --more automatic writing--. Influenced by psychological theories, Breton defined Surrealism as "pure psychic automatism, by which an attempt is made to express, either verbally, in writing or in any other manner, the true functioning of thought. The dictation of thought, in the absence of all control by reason, excluding any aesthetic or moral preoccupation." --To understand Breton and his milieu, you must understand the First World War.

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