Book | 1990: Tower of Babylon. Alternate Universe story by Ted Chiang

I did not look for any confirmation, but rumor has it, that Ted Chiang might have some Freemasonry connections. Whether true or not, I do not know.


Synopsis: Set in the biblical building of the Tower of Babylon, we follow a miner called Hillalum ascending the tower to work at the top. What does a miner there? In the course over several weeks of his climb, we slowly find out that the tower is really huge, not set in our physical universe but in a universe dictated by celestial spheres, passing moon, sun, and stars, before reaching the physical structure of heaven at the very top of the tower. We learn about the culture of workers and their families living in the tower, mysterious wonders and sights from the tower. His task when he reaches the top is to crack the vault of heaven in order to find out what is there.

Synopsys #2: Hillalum is a miner from Elam who has been summoned to the Tower of Babylon, an enormous brick tower that has been in continuous construction for centuries. He and his colleagues have been hired to dig through the Vault of Heaven to discover Yahweh's creation. Hillalum alone passes safely through the Vault. After a perilous journey ever-upwards, he finds that he has reemerged back at the surface, some distance from the Tower, rather than in Heaven as expected.

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KD: interesting reading this ultra short story is. For those interested in the topic, I highly recommend it. Makes you wonder where these authors get ideas like that.
So I am a hobbyist writer and voracious reader, and would like to add to this because it is what caused my ‘awakening’ to go deeper.
I believe that the creative arts tap into something more. I believe that a lot of it is metaphor and parable, but that in order to write something genuine there must be truth.
Even the most intentional fantasies still draw on something and you can ‘feel’ when something is fake or not.
The same with music, you can feel when somebody is truly singing something, even if they aren’t great singers no matter the genre.
What’s strange is that I started noticing patterns, especially when I read other people’s work, especially in the amateur scene where it isn’t overly edited for a specific goal.
And I see how similar their work is and it goes beyond them just being inspired by each other, like they are tapping into a ‘universal truth’
People have started referring to it as Akashic Records and perhaps it is? Or perhaps it’s this global consciousness, I’m not sure but...there’s something more. Something that can’t seem to be imitated.
Amateur writers that tell stories that align with a lot of what you’ve shared and pointed out like we knew it instinctually.
I get the same feeling of honesty from reading your writing, I lack the capacity to explain it because I am ignorant but I just feel so much value comes from it. That it’s good? It’s the only way I can explain it.
It does feel like I’m going insane at times, but I read the most educated and and enlightened people attracted to this all offering goodness and being better.
So just thank you for everything.

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