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A look into the story of the Tower of Babel from a chemist’s point of view

One of the most amazing stories of all time is the account of the Tower of Babel, a biblical story in the book of Genesis, chapter eleven, verses one to nine (Gen 11:1-9).
I wish to give a breakdown of the story from an amateur chemist’s point of view and its moral lessons πŸ™‚

Let’s go!

Verse one: Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.
Verse two: As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
Verse three: They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and bitumen for mortar.

Ok, let’s refresh our memory a bit…
When crude oil is taken from the ground, to separate it into useful components, it undergoes fractional distillation, a technique that allows it to be separated into fractions with same number of Carbon molecules.
The lighter gases like the cooking gas are gotten first, then the gasoline which is the regular fuel for our automobile, then naphtha, kerosene, diesel and finally bitumen etc.
I want you to understand the chemical strength of bitumen which is a black, tough, viscous, low melting solid that forms (water)-resistant adhesive surfaces! And used on our roads with coal tar
Mortar on the other hand which is a mixture of sand and a binder eg cement with water, is used in masonry.
Used in covering wall or holding building materials.

Now imagine using bitumen as tar to plaster a wall made of fired bricks of clay!
Ahaaa! You’re thinking what I’m thinking πŸ™‚

Verse four: Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

A tower that reaches to the heavens!
They sure did have high aspirations and enthusiasm.
You know this reminds me of the elementary geography I learnt many years ago about the atmosphere having 5 layers: Troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere and exosphere. You know, it is the exosphere that escapes into space or should I say the heavens?
So, would I be wrong to replace the phrase “the heavens” in verse four with “exosphere”?
That is like 10,000km above earth o!
πŸ™‚ seriously, they would have made history with the skyscrapers before any mention of the wonders of the world.
God himself knew they would have.
Verse five: But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building.
Verse six: The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.
Verse seven: Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
Verse eight: So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.
Verse nine: That is why it was called Babel- because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

Oh dear!

(If you want a theological review, please see your pastor πŸ™‚ )

But so many lessons to be learned here:

  • No creation can outdo it’s creator– verse eight
  • Unity is strength– verse four/six
  • Language unifies– verse one
  • Migration can only end when your current position is your comfort zone and your comfort zone is heaven!– verse two
  • Communication is key to establishing any relationship– verse three
  • The bond of unity is a fertile ground for love to grow on– verse four
  • God is all knowing, all powerful and ever present– verse five/seven/nine

Version used is New International Version (NIV).

Thank you for reading.

Priscilla Esuku
Β© 2015


Yet to find

I found out different ways to laugh
My baby girl came into this world
Oh! I laughed
My enemy stabbed me in the back
I laughed too

I found out different ways to cry
My brother got his visa after trying thrice
Oh! I cried
My friend told me she has cancer
I cried too

I am yet to find out different ways to love
I got my heart broken
I loved
I get my heart a newbie and
I’m climbing in love too
But it doesn’t feel different


Priscilla Esuku
Β© 2015


Dictionary palava!
Lol that’s a synonym for Naivety πŸ™‚
Check it out-

naivete :
(n.) lack of sophistication or worldliness; naivety; naiveness; (opp. of sophistication, worldliness, mundaneness, mundanity)
So, I talked with a lady in her late twentiesΒ  and was shocked when she revealed that she didn’t know about contraceptives!
If she was pretending, I don’t know but I kinda believed her though.
And the way she went about it was like, it’s good she doesn’t because she’s a good girl!
And I’m like, what??? So, I’m bad?!?

Now, I’m writing this as a typical Naija (Nigerian) lady and in this territory, really, such a girl is termed as good.

I told her to clap for herself.
She laughed.

Hey! Please get this straight: Being good and being naive mean two different things!
Knowing about sex doesn’t make you bad, it makes you aware and informed.
That’s what education does for you.
That a teenager knows stuff like that doesn’t mean he or she is bad.
It’s about knowing the limits of information you suck in necessary for your age and environment.
Five minutes discussion and I can tell a good child from a bad one. Anyway that’s a topic for another day.

There are topics that aren’t everyday topics and are very easily misconstrued like sex, love and relationship issues. Mere talking about it can cause you a slight embarrassment.

The adventure of Pangel: Letter to my ex (1) is an excerpt I published here not too long ago and that got some persons asking and thinking very off.
Infact, when I asked a dear friend if she reads my blog, she replied ‘yes, I saw you and your boyfriend wahala’.
Disappointment is not the word to convey my feeling because she obviously did not read to the end to grasp a little of its message. The dictionary doesn’t yet have the word that describes how I felt.
Ladies, please be informed about sex and sex related issues. You don’t have to be spoilt or ‘practise sex’ to know about it.

There’s a word called READ.
All you need is read about it. Get information about it to avoid paying a high price for your ignorance.
As one of my lecturers did say, reading is arm-chair traveling.

Thank you for reading πŸ™‚
Priscilla Esuku
Β© 2015

Happy Sunday lovelies

I want to wish you a fruitful and productive week.

Mike Murdock said ‘If you’re not solving a problem, then you’re a problem’.

There have been times when we were other peoples’ problems. But this week, look for a need and meet it.

Solve (a) problem(s) and see the satisfying smile on someone, the kind of smile that gives a sense of fulfillment.

Lastly, Priscilla Esuku (lol that’s me) said ‘The joy of living is knowing you’re not alone’.

Meeting a need is akin to sowing a seed and your life consists of people, such that you can never successfully be an island.

Have an awesome week…

Priscilla Esuku

Β© 2015

Circled Cycle

Happy Independence to my lovely Nigerian readers.

You know, In everything…

…the right way is seemingly old-fashioned, but the old-fashioned way is still the right way.
And everything about life is a cycle!

[You’re allowed to take time to ponder on the above statement]

Man must be busy.
Man was created to be busy, hence the advance in technology and invents of patents.
He has made everything easier down to brushing his teeth. There’s the dish washer, washing machine, vacuum cleaner, computer, car, aeroplane and so on.

But in time past, our fore-fathers lived in huts built with their own hands, go to the farm and toil for their daily bread, married wives who wake up in the morning to sweep the house AND environment, I mean the entire surrounding every morning.

Cook everyday and had no freezer to store her food.
Raised at least a dozen kids on her own without house maids!
Walked long distances to the market to display their wares for sale.
They weaved their own mats.
Every woman made good use of the needle and thread.
Every single condiment the mothers used in cooking was prepared from scratch including the palm oil and salt.

Do you know hard work??? πŸ™‚

But today the gym is the solution to all the laziness birthed by technologies’ easy life.

We’ve succeeded in making life easy but have had to build machines and devise means to expend the very same excessive energy stored while allowing our machines work for us.
Isn’t this a wonder???
Everything that has had its season in recent time, has had its season decades ago:
-Fashion and her trends
-Telecommunication gadgets
-Household gadgets

And so on.

It’s just a cycle…
All of it.

Priscilla Esuku
Β© 2015

“Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake”- Unknown source

This is one of the strongest quotes ever!

Every man and woman that has a future, dreams. Now, I’m not exactly referring to the nightmare kind of dreams. But to the aspirations and peep-into-the-future kind of dream.

Keep the dream alive!

One day. One very sooner-than-expected day, you’ll be living your dream. That’s what it means to be in your dreams awake. This is the truest life!

I so wish you well and will love to share in your joy. Much love and thanks for reading.

Priscilla Esuku

Β© 2015