So I look around and I see things very similar to the story of the Tower of Babel:
- We have many, many immensely tall buildings that hearken the triumph of man’s human teamwork and ingenuity.
- Globally we seem to have a singular trading language: English and now global trade is the norm.
- We say things like what was written: “… let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth” when we take great pride in our wonders. This sort of message is broadcasted to us in our education (in particularly in our science and history lessons), in TV advertisements, at big events and it is even mingled in when we complement ourselves on our charitable works and progress (like conquering diseases)… let alone often when we marvel at our cool new mobile phone or hybrid car.
All of these things have happened very recently in human history. And we know from history that God does not often punish immediately.
So the story in the Bible triggers a sense of tremendous uneasiness when I see all these wonderful things that we have done that far exceed what was done in the days of Babel.
It feels like we might be due for a severe windstorm and scattering or something worse…
However, the Church acknowledges the good that comes from progress (in particular the use of modern communications to spread the Word and Love of God and neighbor) and emphasizes the importance of how it is viewed. From the Catechism:
1049*"…although we must be careful to distinguish earthly progress clearly from the increase of the kingdom of Christ, such progress is of vital concern to the kingdom of God, insofar as it can contribute to the better ordering of human society.”
So if indeed our whole world is a re-creation of Babel and we are meeting the conditions that triggered God’s Just punishment, do you think God will wipe out (or by our greed and envy let us wipe out) all of the wonders we have created including all of our electronics which we have become extremely dependent upon?
Or do you think some of this technological progress may indeed be saved after the coming punishment because in its essence it is “good” and is an important ingredient(“vital concern to the kingdom of God”) in the post-punishment era.
I don’t believe anyone feels they know the answer (but if you do - possibly from some reliable private revelation, feel free to include it) which is why I pose this as a philosophical question. Thoughts?