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GOING BETTER THAN THE TOWER OF BABEL

The story of The Tower of Babel comes in The Bible. Men decided to build a tower that would enable them to climb up to heaven. They were getting on so well that God decided to make them all speak different languages so that they could not cooperate with each other. The trick worked.

Babel

Today we are going one better. We are making communication impossible even between people who speak the same language. How are we doing this? By creating a society which is avid for news and entertainment. Huge allocations of time are assigned to it, and these have to be filled by words. How is this done? By using more words than are necessary. By repetition and contradiction and qualification. By speaking so fast that listeners can’t follow. By allowing no opportunity for questions or objections. By interludes for faked applause. By encouraging contributions to social media that are often poorly thought-through.

It no longer matters that what we say should have a clear meaning, provided we have enough words to fill a time slot. God did not think of this one. We did it all for ourselves.

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