An Imaginary Jerusalem

    What’s real about Jerusalem?

Seeing that the city is really questionable as to why it even exists in such a horrid spot of a place: it’s hilly, no water (it’s a backwater city, though), there’s a dead sea, and a couple of holy people; let’s say I walk into such a place. What’s real there? The reason why people find Jerusalem so fascinating are for reasons that I can’t even see. They describe their city as a “spiritual,” “holy,” and “sacred” place, yet all of those are like air.

ALL IMAGINARY. How imaginary?… ?
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A sea of questions marks still arise within me. Because how can a city like that survive and feed off the imaginary for so long? Maybe I should look closely at the idea of those three words Cargill says is required for a place to be deemed “sacred space.” Founding/Consecration, and an Axis Mundi–there’s something about these characteristics that create powerful, imaginary (?), unseen feelings.

    Founding the Imaginary:

A couple of our examples were 1. The garden of Eden, and 2. the story of “Melchizedek,” and the story of Isaac, the human sacrifice. In all stories, something was founded and consecrated: the Garden, a blessing upon a man named Abraham, and lamb was revealed by quote on quote, “God.” Let me get this straight: three objects were pretty much called special…. In addition, spaces and times have also been called special, such as the Christian reverence during a Sabbath, or the boundaries of a Temple. Strangely, in all these cases, the traditional phrase “BECAUSE I SAID SO….” somehow actually holds deep power.

    Making the imaginary the center of the world–axis mundi (tradition magnets):

Examples include: Abraham makes an alar for God and the Twelve tribes of Israel (Exodus 24), David takes ownership of the Threshing floor of Araunah, Gehenna is depicted as hell, and the Dome of the Rock sucks in almost every other tradition. Not to mention how Moutn Sinai, Moriah, and Zion fused in one. What power! and from where? Everyday objects don’t do this, but for some reason these objects have this imaginary power to gravitate all surroundings.

All things considered, these imaginary and unseen features of Jerusalem seem pretty real. Air was a one time considered imaginary…what if…? Maybe Jerusalem’s secret to survival isn’t so imaginary.


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