It is my contention that the biblical account of “God” is one of a designer who developed a counter-power against the collectivist tendencies of the “superorganism” of church/state. It wil be further my contention that the superorganism under Constantine hi-jacked this process under nationalism, and re-combined the twin evils of church/state (Attila and witch doctor, beast and false prophet) under a banner of collective “Christianity”. But that comes later.
many of my conclusions in Israel comes from an acclaimed history written by Max DiMont, titled The Indestructibe Jews, from which I will quote later, but now it’s time to connect the process by which Yahweh first created Israel, and then used them as a counter-force to the centralizing tendencies of the superorganism. In The Lucifer Principle, Howard Bloom verifies Slater’s thoughts regarding inner symbolic circuitry.
“Four hundred years before the Hyksos taught the Egyptians the drawbacks of overconfidence, Babylonia’s King Hammurabi had concocted a political breakthrough that revolutionized government–the idea of writing down laws. While the rest of the world was mired in illiteracy, the Babylonians were using a script so simple that every corner merchant could keep lists of his inventory and send angry letters to tardy suppliers. Even humble miners were able to write graffiti on the walls of the pits in which they worked”.
This was the evolution of a kind of portable, symbolic “DNA” by which an entire empire could maintain its identity. Whole conquered civilizations could be “imprinted” with these laws and absorbed into their culture.
As Bloom writes:
“The Babylonians were so confident in their power that when they ran into resistance from the Hebrews, they tried something no weaker nation would have dared. They transported almost the entire population of the Hebrew kingdom of Judah to Babylon…”
Babylon was a bustling center of trade for the whole known world at that time. Bloom points out that Babylon assumed this conquest would cause these Torah reading people to become nice, idol worshipping citizens.
There was a very big problem with this: Babylon had developed a law system that was its legal “DNA”, allowing it to expand in cancer-like fashion across the known world. The remaining kingdom of Judah, however, had begun to focus intensely on its own system of laws, more deeply incorporating them into its own culture, because ten tribes of Israel had disappeared due to their lack of faithfulness to that law.
The superorganism of Babylon, functioning on the mobility and transportability of its legal “DNA” tried to absorb a small culture that had its own form of legalistic DNA that was different in that each individual of the culture, like the ones of Babylon, had imbibed of its symbol system.
What occurred was very similar to what occurs when any organism “captures” a virus: both systems begin swapping DNA and comparing similarities, building a “mutant’ that becomes something different from the original DNA. The first thing Judah did as a captured “organism”, was to go through its own “cleansing’ process, expelling all idol worship, focusing intensely on the laws, particularly the sabbath day, and living in restricted shared circles, from which they could expand their own culture into the “superorganism” of Babylon.
A furious “cut and paste’ began as Judah first established its identity in isolated communities, then began to expand and develop adaptive laws of trade and commerce to get at the “nerve centers” and reproductive focal points of the superorganism of Babylon. From this, the Jews, as they were now known, developed yet another “mutant” form of a kind of “RNA” comb nation between Babylonian laws and Jewish laws, which operated beneficially for both systems. This “RNA” combination became known as “Mishna”
Louis Ginsberg writes:
“The development of commerce and trade under the Hasmonean rulers peremptorily called for the building of a code of civil law. The few rules found in scripture bearing on this branch of law were not sufficient and could not be made so, not even by the most subtle reasoning or the cleverest interpretation. The time was certainly ripe for legislation….how dare one tamper with sacred scripture, in which the divine will is revealed? The sages and schiolars of that time…ad the necessary temerity. They took a very imoportant step toward formulating what might be called de facto though not de jure, a new code. They created the Mishna“.(From DiMont’s The Indestructible Jews)
The Mishna became a kind of “RNA” template by which two organisms developed in symbiosis. It was a profitable system that involved two “learning machines” that would combine to form one integrated superorganism. This is a key point in which the superorganism, as a learning machine, would assume a new level of adaptation, far more integrative.
What is still more interesting is the method used by Babylon in dealing with Israel. Why didn’t Babylon, in their arrogance, simply destroy the Jewish culture? Why not ride in and simply kill most of them and leave the rest to get by as best they could?
Two different forms of the superorganism existed, and one simply absorbed the other, almost like a person injecting himself with a virus in the interest of discovering the outcome. The superorganism had taken two cultures, both of which had developed simple methods of symbols in the form of text. Israel developed its laws around the written early form of the alphabetic text, which became the standard of Western communication.
The alphabetic text, as a communication medium for the superorganism, proved to be useful with its small number of base letters, used interchangeably to form any number of concepts by written word, and it was the base of the new “RNA” combination known as Mishna.
The Jews were more than simply replicating cells in a superorganism. They began to function similar to mitochondria, small complete systems that function to generate energy from within the organism.
As the base of this new energy generating symbol system, the Jews began a “cut and paste” process that was streamlined to fit the needs of trade and commerce, but Babylon’s monetary system was made unwieldy and maladative by the use of weighta and measures. This too, would be swiftly remedied as the superoroganism combined new methods of both text and currency to speed up its own evolution. That will be next essay.