See Me, Feel Me

The earth shall cry out: “I entreat Thee, O Lord, in Thy mercy to spare me, for behold, I am sick and persecuted with all wounds.”

—The Discourse of Jacob of Serugh

As the melting of Arctic glaciers, occasioned by man-made global warming, continues apace, the earth seems increasingly to be striving to form itself into messages that we might understand. As in this photograph, snapped by marine photographer Michael Nolan, article-1210706-06430BF3000005DC-27_634x1000of a crying human face emerging from an icy cliff on the Norwegian island of Nordaustlandet.

The ice cap containing the face has been shrinking by as much as 160 meters annually over the past several decades. Dubbed Austofanna, the cap is the second largest in Europe, and the seventh largest in the world.

Another possibility is that melting glaciers are unearthing those folks referenced in Genesis 6:4, wherein it is noted “[t]here were giants in the earth in those days.” Said giants were among those who perished when Yahweh, grumpy, brought forth the flood, thereby washing away everyone but the bibulous 600-year-old Noah and his motley crew. Dude, after the drown job, threw up a rainbow, as a sign and a promise that “the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.”

Didn’t promise not to send any other plagues, though.


2 Responses to “See Me, Feel Me”

  1. 1 Julia Rain September 8, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    This is really beautiful, though sad. As far as the giants go, though, I thought that in other parts of the bible it was articulated that giants were nephilim, children of angels and humans. Or maybe the angels themselves were the giants. Either way, seems weird that God would kill his own angels, or his angels progeny.

    Perhaps they are Titans, then, but I think it more likely that Earth is trying desperately to make us notice it’s plight. Of course, since we often ignore these signs of suffering in our fellow humans, it may not be the best strategy. It’s still beautiful.

    • 2 bluenred September 8, 2009 at 10:21 pm

      Those bible giants are pretty mysterious: people have debated their identity for centuries. Who knows who they are?

      Even more mysterious is a nearby verse, where, after Adam and Eve have eaten the apple, God announces that they have to be thrown out of Eden. “And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever; Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden[.]”

      Got that: “become as one of us.” So who are these “us” people? Obviously there were other gods roaming around there with “God”: he just doesn’t want to tell us about them.

      Also, do you realize that God lied, and the serpent told the truth? God told Adam that if he ate of the fruit he would die; the serpent said that was not so. Adam and Even ate of the fruit, and lived. God lied. The serpent spoke truly.

      Also, I think it’s kind of selfish that God didn’t want Adam and Eve to “take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.” If he gets to do it, why can’t we?

      Yes, it may seem “weird that God would kill his own angels,” but then again this is the same fellow who drowned every living creature on earth except for Noah and his two-by-twos there in the ark, nuked a couple cities because they pissed him off, passed down detailed regulations on how to properly keep slaves, and brought unimaginable suffering down on Job on a bet, and then screamed at Job from a whirlwind when Job asked him “wtf?” There is a lot that is “weird” about that person.

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