The lack of literacy among young geeks is almost pitiful. Once when I claimed to be a renaissance man, I was asked to define my terms because the person had never heard of the Renaissance nor understood the significance of arising out of the Dark Ages. Now I find the term has been demoted and in the new politically correct world we use polymath (Greek polymathēs, πολυμαθής, meaning “having learned much”) which is a person well educated in a wide variety of subjects or fields while not casting disparaging inferences towards the dark ages.
What brings this to mind is the occasional need to reference a Bible story despite my agnostic nature. Then I find no one has ever heard of Job who has dominated my life with his moans of angst. To me the most important part of the story of Lot’s wife is not that Sodom was the original home of the Booty Call, but the punishment bestowed on Lot’s wife for disobedience to God’s will.
When the sins of the Sodomites and of the neighboring cities had pissed off God, she made the executive decision to punish and destroy the sinners. While it sounds like any vengeful wife, there was an exception. Two angels were sent to Sodom to forewarn Lot of the dreadful catastrophe about to happen. The angels took Lot, his wife, and his daughters by hand and drew them forcibly out of their house, saying, “Save yourselves with all haste. Look not behind you. Get your ass out of Sodom unless you want to burn with the rest.” His wife, looking back on Sodom, was turned into a pillar of salt.
The first computer which crashed did so while I was going where everyone knows you shouldn’t go. I was seeking knowledge to defend a man charged with possession of kiddie porn. It went down hard. The monitor went blank and the machine froze; attempts to reboot were worthless. I might have considered it bad luck except when I turned it off and went to my second home computer, It was not blinded, but I had lost the ability to control it. It told me I had no administrative privileges and could not go on line. It seemed that Lot’s daughter’s had deprived me of the abiity to control myself. I pulled the wireless card and was able to play with the computer off line while trying to save it. I called the first machine Lot’s wife and the second one Innocent Victim #1 (IV#1)
I never tried to revive Lot’s wife as I knew that was either the wrath of God or a hit by a professional assassin. I played with IV#1 for about a week before I made an incorrect decision and it too was dead. I could have given them both a decent burial, but symbolically decided to turn them into a pillar of salt.
Jewish tradition names Lot’s wife Edith which is just a worthless piece of information.
Tomorrow: “Turning Lot’s Wife into Salt”.