2 Iyyar 5777
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Day 17 of the Omer
One looks around at the world today and wonders if there has ever been a more selfish generation than the one which currently inhabits this planet. Selfishness and self-adulation are the natural traits of a person who has become his own god. There is no higher purpose than his, no higher need than his, no higher will than his and his views, his thoughts and his feelings will always be the final arbiter for every decision he makes. He is at the center of his own world and, given enough attention, he will eventually begin to think that he deserves to be the center of the entire world.
Mankind desiring to attain godhood, to lay claim to divinity is nothing new. It started in Gan Eden when the Satan tempted Chavah: "You are not going to die, but God knows that as soon as you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like divine beings who know good and bad.”
To this day, there are people who think the Satan is the good guy in this story and believe his lies that HKB”H had evil intent and wanted to limit human potential when He forbid Adam and Chavah to eat the fruit of the Eitz Tov v’Ra. The most faithful followers of the Satan do not worship him, they worship Self.
This is what was at work in the Dor Haflagah, the generation who built the Tower of Bavel. They wanted to reach Heaven, make war with God and unseat Him as the Master of the Universe. They wished to replace Him with themselves! And God saw and said, “If, as one people with one language for all, this is how they have begun to act, then nothing that they may propose to do will be out of their reach.”
But, despite their dispersion and the confusion of languages, they didn’t give up. Generation after generation they have labored to reach the point once again of one language in one interconnected world with the goal of deifying mankind, of replacing HKB”H.
Instead of the Torah, they will have humanism and they will recreate the world in their own image with GMO plants, gene-spliced animal species, “three-parent” children and a race of sentient robots to serve them. What a nightmare!