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"And they said, ‘Let us build a city and a tower whose top may reach to heaven, and make ourselves a name lest we be scattered across the face of the whole earth.' "

"And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the children of men were building. The Lord said, ‘Behold, the people are one, having one language, and having begun this work, nothing they imagine to do will be kept from them. Let us go down and confound their language so they will not understand one another's speech.' "

"So the Lord scattered them across the face of the whole earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore the name of the city and tower is Babel, because at that place the Lord confounded the language of all the earth, and from there the Lord scattered them abroad across the face of all the earth."
Genesis 11:4-9

This is the primary metaphor from which this album is drawn.


"It is as if I had been going downhill while I imagined I was going up. And that is really what it was. I was going up in public opinion, but to the same extent life was ebbing away from me."
Leo Tolstoy


"Language enables us to give meaning to the world. Events in themselves have no meaning; we impose meaning on them by interpreting the evidence of our senses. Without language, all but the most rudimentary forms of thought are impossible. With language, we can apply reason to the world."
Ian Robertson


"Such a minute fraction of this life do we live: so much is sleep, toothbrushing, waiting for mail, for metamorphosis, for those sudden moments of incandescence: unexpected, but once one knows them, one can live life in the light of their past and the hope of their future."
Sylvia Plath


"The hand of the Lord was on me, and carried me in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley, which was full of bones, in great number and very dry. He said to me, 'Son of man, can these bones live?' "

"And I answered, 'O Lord God, you know.' "

"He said to me, 'Prophesy upon these bones, and say to them, 'O you dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God unto these bones; I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews upon you, and bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.' "

"So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise and shaking, and the bones came together. And as I watched, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them: but there was no breath in them."

"Then He said to me, 'Prophesy to the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, 'Thus says the Lord God: come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.' "

"So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceedingly great army."

"Then He said to me, 'Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.' Therefore prophesy and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord God; behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, and put my spirit in you and you live, and I place you in your own land: then shall you know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, says the Lord.' "
Ezekiel 37:1-14


"A plot is perfect only inasmuch as we shall find ourselves unable to detach from it or disarrange any single incident involved, without destruction to the mass.... Practically, we may consider a plot as of high excellence, when no one of its component parts shall be susceptible of removal without detriment to the whole. Here, indeed, is a vast lowering of the demand - and with less than this no writer of refined taste should content himself."
Edgar Poe

This is the ideal we wanted to approach with this album. Clearly, our plot can hardly be called perfect in this context.


"... has the most difficult time coming now. He's making one more attempt to take refuge among the others."
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"And this outgrowing of a formerly harmonious and beloved homeland, this sloughing of a life form that no longer represented or belonged to him, this intermittent feeling of supreme happiness and radient self-awareness, denoting the interrupted life of one about to depart - one who's been called away - became at last a torture, a pressure and a suffering that he could at times scarce endure. Everything seemed to have been withdrawn from him without his being quite convinced as to whether it were actually he who had been abandoned or whether he had not brought upon himself this dying away and estrangment in his beloved familiar world through ambition, immoderacy, arrogance, or lack of love."
"Among the pangs a true call brings in it's wake, these are the bitterest."
Hermann Hesse

In the allegory this sloughed off life is the pain the man must go through as he turns away from the Tower, leaving his friends who refuse to believe.

God has placed a call upon your life. He has not only called you into a role in the Body of Christ, He has also called you to walk with Him in the secret places of your heart into the deep, into His infinite wisdom and understanding.

If you accept the high call of God to grow into the full measure of the stature of Jesus, you must leave the crowd behind. Few find even the beginning of wisdom, which is the fear of the Lord. Far fewer still pass through salvation into maturity. Facing the isolation of ascending to the summit, I too tried to hide myself among the crowd, to vanish into the 'normal' world. This effort failed because I was an alien, an ambassador of a foreign kingdom to this world. It was painful beyond description to at last face that everything that gave my life meaning marked me in the eyes of my companions as one who did not belong.


"There is no way of asking whether we should permit poetry to continue to exist which does not ask instead whether poetry will permit us to continue to exist."
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"The failure is a failure of desire. It is because we the people do not wish - because we the people do not know what it is that we should wish - because we the people do not know what kind of a world we should imagine, that this trouble hunts us."
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"Human malevolence may perhaps have played it's part. There are malevolent men as there are stupid men and greedy men. But they are few against the masses of the people and their malevolence like their stupidity could easily be swept aside if the people wished: if the people knew their wish...."
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"Never before in the history of this earth has it been more nearly possible for a society of men to create the world in which they wished to live. In the past we assumed that the desires of men were easy to discover and that it was only the means to their satisfaction which were difficult. Now we perceive that it is the act of the spirit which is difficult: that the hands can work as we wish them to. It is the act of the spirit which fails in us. With no means or with very few, men who could imagine a common good have created great civilizations. With every means, with every wealth, men who are incapable of imagining a common good create now ruin."
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"Poetry alone imagines, and imagining creates, the world that men can wish to live in and make true. For what is lacking in the crisis of our time is only this: this image. It's absence is the crisis. The issues men call issues are no issues. The issue between a planned economy and an economy called free is not an issue. The issue between a big-unit regulated economy and a small-unit competitive economy is not an issue. Such differences are differences of tactics, differences of means. The fact that we can talk of them as though they touched the life and death of our society merely betrays the poverty of our minds. Actually the issue, the one issue, we should talk about is this: What do we love? What truly do we love? To what do we desire to be loyal? Once we know the thing that we desire to be the things that we must do will follow of themselves."
Archibald MacLeish

The Tower of Babel was this type of operation because humanity was entranced with its means, its power, but had no vision of why they should want to build a tower to heaven, no idea what they were going to do once they got there. Similarly, our Information Age now has plenty of the once-scarce information, but nothing to say.


"When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts and set him for their watchman, if he sees the sword come on the land and blows his trumpet to warn the people, then anyone who ignores the warning and is slain will have his blood upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not heed the warning. His blood is upon himself. But those heeding the warning will deliver their soul."

"But if the watchman sees the sword come and does not blow the trumpet, does not warn the people, if the sword then kills anyone they will die in their sins, but I will require their blood at the watchman's hand."
Ezekiel 33:2-6

Yet the wise of this world still do not understand why Christians refuse to keep the Gospel to themselves!


"But what can't be climbed by steps or lists is the true Jacob's ladder, the ladder to Heaven even the heaven of your true self. The only way that ladder can go anywhere is upside down. The true Jacob's ladder is the exact opposite of the Tower of Babel: not an erection but a descent, not Promethean but kenotic, incarnational. Babel collapses in babble, but Jacob's ladder holds even angels. Finally, it holds the Word himself, the healer of Babel's babble. He himself says so, identifies himself as the real Jacob's ladder. (Compare John 1:51 with Genesis 28:12.)"
Peter Kreeft


“I deem it to be a remarkable fact that man, as long as he regarded himself as a creature, interpreted his existence in the image of God, his creator; but as soon as he started to consider himself as a creator, began to interpret his existence merely in the image of his own creation, the machine.”
Viktor Frankl

 


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John Adams (1735-1826)
letter to John Quincy Adams (1813)

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Viktor Frankl (1905-1997)
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Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982)
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"Truth indeed came once into the world with her divine Master, and was a perfect shape most glorious to look on: but when he ascended, and his Apostles after him were laid asleep, then straight arose a wicked race of deceivers, who, as that story goes of the Egyptian Typhon with his conspirators, how they dealt with the good Osiris, took the virgin Truth, hewed her lovely form into a thousand pieces, and scattered them to the four winds."

"From that time ever since, the sad friends of Truth, such as durst appear, imitating the careful search that Isis made for the mangled body of Osiris, went up and down gathering up limb by limb, still as they could find them. We have not yet found them all, Lords and Commons, nor ever shall do, till her Master's second coming; he shall bring together every joint and member, and shall mould them into an immortal feature of loveliness and perfection."
John Milton

Truth came indeed, but the dismemberment occurred before I was born. So my initial experience is with evil.
Predator

Then I seek to go beyond the evil and confusion.
Deep

The world tells me there is no Truth, and that my quest is in vain.
Void

Discovering the image of Truth puts me out of synch with my culture.
Epiphany

 
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