|ד וַיֹּאמְרוּ הָבָה נִבְנֶה-לָּנוּ עִיר, וּמִגְדָּל וְרֹאשׁוֹ בַשָּׁמַיִם, וְנַעֲשֶׂה-לָּנוּ, שֵׁם: פֶּן-נָפוּץ, עַל-פְּנֵי כָל-הָאָרֶץ.||4 And they said: 'Come, let us build us a city, and a tower, with its top in heaven, and let us make us a name; lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.'|
|ו וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה, הֵן עַם אֶחָד וְשָׂפָה אַחַת לְכֻלָּם, וְזֶה, הַחִלָּם לַעֲשׂוֹת; וְעַתָּה לֹא-יִבָּצֵר מֵהֶם, כֹּל אֲשֶׁר יָזְמוּ לַעֲשׂוֹת.||6 ... And the LORD said: 'Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is what they begin to do; and now nothing will be withholden from them, which they purpose to do.|
|ז הָבָה, נֵרְדָה, וְנָבְלָה שָׁם, שְׂפָתָם--אֲשֶׁר לֹא יִשְׁמְעוּ, אִישׁ שְׂפַת רֵעֵהוּ.||7 Come, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.'|
|ח וַיָּפֶץ יְהוָה אֹתָם מִשָּׁם, עַל-פְּנֵי כָל-הָאָרֶץ; וַיַּחְדְּלוּ, לִבְנֹת הָעִיר.||8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth; and they left off to build the city.|
Today we face global challenges: ecological and economic disasters, pollution, poverty, hunger, and disease. United, it is within our power to solve these problems. And yet we spend our time quibbling over matters of 'language', allowing cultural, racial, and religious differences to divide us, even to the point of war.
The same irony applies to our country, America. As Thomas Friedman puts it, we have a one-party democracy - because the second party refuses to cooperate! We are the richest, most powerful country in history, yet we can't even get health care reform through Congress. China, on the other hand, has a government which, although corrupt, is unified. And her people are unified. While we're wasting money on wars nobody cares about, they're quietly cornering the green energy market.
The first step to ending our 2,500 year curse is to realize that we are all brothers, all in the same boat, and that we are stronger together than we could possibly be apart. After that, the sky's the limit.