Potential . . . for what?
I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog but I’ve been away for good reason. I’ve been very busy the last few weeks with the final push to release my new novel, Emergent Vision. I am very happy to announce that it has, in deed, been released. We released on Monday, November 20, 2017. Please go to jefferydalecole.com/shop and purchase one for yourself and one to give to the avid reader in your life as a Christmas gift.
Emergent Vision is Book One in the Babel Resurgence series. I would like to take this opportunity to, again, stray from the progression of thought that is the main purpose of this blog to give you some context regarding the underlying theme of the series.
According to the Biblical account, the place where humanity came together to cooperate with one language and one goal – to build a tower to the heavens – came to be called Babel. God’s reaction to this human endeavor is nothing short of astonishing, when you really stop to think about it.
5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. 6 And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another's speech.” 8 So the LORD dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. (Genesis 11 5-8, ESV)
Whether you take this account as historical narrative or an ancient morality tale, the message remains-there is incredible potential within humanity.
If you go further back in the story, you get the context of God’s reaction here. Along with the amazing potential that comes with being created in God’s image, He had given humanity purpose, which included-to . . . fill the earth and subdue it . . . (Genesis 1:28). The people in this story had done the exact opposite of their purpose. They gathered all together in one place to make a name for themselves and to gain access to heaven on their own terms. God had purposed them for something ultimately better but they were impatient and distracted by the trappings of power and the false hope of human endeavor.
One moral that could be drawn from this story is that fulfilling your potential is a good thing only if you couple it with fulfilling your purpose. Anything else is merely a pile of bricks-an organized pile-but a pile all the same.
The Babel Resurgence series forwards the premise that we are again at a point in history where humanity has the ability to speak a common language and cooperate toward a common goal. The question is, “what will that goal be?”
My hope is that you find this series engaging, entertaining and thought provoking. If nothing else, I hope the characters and the story will help you to consider how your purpose and your potential intersect.