Thoughts of the day

The biblical Abraham was known as the first father of his people. Going by this, we would expect the famous American president named Abraham to be the first American president. So what gives?
Well, the biblical Abraham isn’t known for kicking things off. He’s known for introducing the modern moral law. Similarly, Abraham Lincoln is famous because he set the moral law (that slavery must never be legal).
But, we ask, if the biblical Abraham isn’t analogous to the first president, who is?
Well, the first American president was named George, which comes from the greek word for earth, and is known as the father of his country. In the bible, the first man is Adam (Hebrew for earth), and the rest of humanity is known as sons of Adam.
This is both reassuring and worrying about the notion of American decline. The reassuring part is that in implies America is analogous not to the nation of Israel (which gets punished at the drop of a hat, and was destroyed in the end as its rulers lost its faith), but to the whole of humanity (which was only terribly punished once or twice, both when there was only one good man left in the world). So as long as America has ≥ 2 good men left, it’s safe from divine retribution.

(Note: This was inspired by UNSONG. “George” meaning “Dirt” is from there; the rest is original to me).

2 thoughts on “Thoughts of the day”

  1. (1) George Washington was followed by John Adams; in the bible, John refers to either John the Baptist (who “prepared the way” for Jesus to preach) or John who wrote the book of John (and who calls himself “the disciple whom Jesus loved.”). That this name would come so soon after the American Adam is perhaps troubling, suggesting that we’re working on an accelerated or alternate timeline.
    (2) Also, consider that George Washington, the American Adam, is famous for a (probably made-up) story from his childhood where he cut down a cherry tree (or apple tree?) from his back yard with an axe. When his father confronted him about it, he immediately confessed, being an honest man. Is it possible that, by so doing, he was spared America the fate of the first Adam, that is expulsion from the Garden?
    (3) The 3rd president was Thomas Jefferson; Thomas was the disciple who doubted Jesus’s resurrection, but who was still considered blessed as a man of faith. Perhaps this relates to the fact that TJ never abolished slavery (nor freed his slaves, for that matter) but still played a pivotal role in the saga by which America emancipated all those in bondage.


    1. (1) John might be derived from Jonah, which means dove. Thus John Adams represents the story of Noah: The great flood was the first transition of power for humanity, ad the dove symbolizes peace. John Adams’ significance was the peaceful transition of power from the first ruler (signified by his last name, Adams).
      (3) Makes sense. Jefferson is also famous for doubting the centralized state he’d helped make.


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