The fall of universalism and the rise of the religion of secularism

Just as the Middle East was the global epicenter in Biblical times, Europe was the global epicenter for about 2,300 years, beginning with the Greek Empire and until the beginning of the 20th century, when the power has shifted to the United States (a process that Europeans are yet to come to terms with).

An exceptional narrative has emerged in America – a society of risk-takers who dared to think big, act, and immigrate. A counter-narrative developed in Europe: When the going got tough, the weak left for America and the resolute stayed in Europe. These two stories are inevitably on a collision course: stay / let time pass / be passive / accept / linger vs move / immigrate / be active / fight / climb (“Lech Lecha”).

It was the same collision course between the dominant narrative in Babel and that of Abraham’s “Lech Lecha” (Go!), Which, as discussed in a previous article – “The exodus from Babel continues”- was perhaps in reference to the departure of Babel (eg Abraham was from Ur Kasdim. Babel would later be called Kasdim).

Babel proposed a model of utopian universalism: “And the whole earth was of one language and one word. Today, defenders of universalism argue that if we had “no country or religion” then – as John Lennon’s song says – we can “imagine all people living in peace.”

Babel’s universalism was mixed with antitheism, attempting to build a tower “with its top in the sky, and let’s make a name for ourselves.” This is why God acts against Babel, saving mankind from itself.

History repeats itself some 5,000 years later: in one of the astonishing reversals of history, after 18 centuries of monotheism, Europeans abandoned their faith in God and adopted a new religion in his stead: secularism (interestingly, this coincided with the astonishing fall from grace of Europe).

The European “secular religion” is missionary, aggressive and exclusive, for example “mono-atheist”, adapting the concept of the exclusive jealous Lord (El Kanay) to European secularism. Universalism is a cornerstone of this new European religion.

The only problem is that it doesn’t work.

The failure of universalism – yesterday and today

From what little is known about life in Babel, it seems far from the utopian universalist model. Classes have emerged. The apparent founders of Babel, the sons of Noah had a hierarchy: Shem was exalted and Canaan – “he shall be a servant of servants to his brethren.” Likewise, Nimrod was considered the “mighty”.

In addition, being an island of humans surrounded by animals made the idea of ​​Babel untenable (we will learn later about the danger of such a constellation, when God explains that he will gradually move the nations of Canaan to avoid the increase of animals on earth).

Babel was akin to a ‘dream state’, like Freiland – a utopia written by the Judeo-Hungarian-Austrian economist / journalist Theodor Hertzka about a fantasy land, which Theodor Herzl used to contrast with his own vision of the Jewish state. Herzl wrote: “Freiland is a complicated mechanism with many cogwheels that fit together; but nothing proves that they can be set in motion. Even assuming that the “Freiland companies” did come into existence, I would have to take this all as a joke. “

As in Babel, the hierarchy is anchored in today’s European universalism. The gruesome images of armed French policemen approaching a Muslim woman on the beach and ordering her to remove her top in the name of secular European religion, are the exact opposite of utopian universalism. Some European Muslims, fearing such state-sponsored abuses, do not go to the beach, leading to a de facto state of apartheid that has emerged in Europe. The beach, the lakeside and the rivers are for “native” Europeans or those who accept his “universalist” dictation. It extends to other aspects of life in Europe. The lyrics of the song changed to “Imagine all white Europeans live in peace”.

Yet the failure of universalism does not prevent Europe from promoting it, so we may be in the early days of a new world order.

New global divide: Europeanism versus Americanism

Each century has its world philosophical divide. In the 19th century, it was the monarchy against the republic. In the 20th century, it was communism against capitalism. It seems that the division of this era is Europeanism versus Americanism (see my Newsweek article “Europeanism versus Americanism“).
One aspect of this division is Babel universalism and post-ideology against Abraham’s Lech Lecha and particularism. But another is indeed, the renewal of the old debate over monotheism – a feud that ended with the spread of monotheism in Europe by Christianity and in the Middle East by Islam. With the European overthrow, the quarrel is renewed.

The American-led faith-based coalition includes, among others, Israel and the Muslim Middle East. The anti-theist coalition mainly includes Europe and this is its sphere of influence. Yet he is armed with a well-funded campaign to spread this relatively new European religion to the world.

This is demonstrated in Europe’s colonial-style treatment of the Palestinians. Europe is not only participating in attempts to deny Palestinians jobs, mentorship and growth, while perpetuating their victimhood (for example, Europe has aggressively lobbied for the closure of a factory Jewish-owned SodaStream that employed and mentored Palestinians). It also funds the secularization efforts of the Palestinians. It’s no surprise that while the Arab-Muslim world is on the side of America and Israel, Europeans have moved closer to Shia Iran, which the preponderance of the Muslim world sees as a threat.

Perhaps a glimpse of this emerging global divide was given in the fall of 2020. Just as Israel signed the Abrahamic accords with its Arab friends, Europe was protesting against new construction in a neighborhood of Jerusalem which would be home to both Arabs and Jews.

As in Freiland, the application of European universalism is comical. The objection to the neighborhood, Givat Hamatos, was because it is located beyond the 1949 armistice lines, but according to Europe’s credo, all of Jerusalem and Bethlehem should be taken away from Israelis and Palestinians to form a corpus separatum (code name for “European colony”). However, according to the French, the Church of St. Anne should be carved out of this imaginary colony due to colonialism. It belongs to France, since France supported the Ottoman Empire in its colonial war in the Crimea.

And so, as the Israelis rushed to Dubai to form business alliances and pursue “Lech Lecha”, European ambassadors rushed to this new neighborhood to protest.

A split screen emerged: on one side, the faith-based Abrahamic nations, led by America, forging partnerships celebrating their national uniqueness. On the other hand, secular universalist Europe opposes peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians due to self-contradicting European dogmas, which like Hertzka’s Babel and Freiland are based on a pretense – on a joke. .

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