Babylon is Fallen
by Elias Blum
A splendid rendition of one of my favourite songs:
‘Babylon’ represents the imperial systems of the world – systems of politics and economics that rely on violence and deceit, that deny the common good, that diminish life, and that treat people in an exploitative, dehumanising way. Like the current empires, Babylon is outwardly golden, but rotten to the core; rich, but drenched in poverty and squalor; powerful in terms of military and commercial might, but weak in legitimacy.
The image of the fall of Babylon references the historical liberation of the Jews from the Babylonian exile. It is a story of return, of coming home, of restoration. Yet it also looks forward in hopeful expectation, to a coming day when the ‘Babylonian’ systems of our own time and place will fall, when alienation and exploitation will end, and when peace, justice and freedom will prevail.