Merge CERN and Mecca
By Robert Urbanek
The CERN collider complex in Europe, where physicists race particles in a circle, and the Kaaba, in Mecca, where Muslim pilgrims travel in a circle, should be united to achieve a balance between the material and spiritual worlds.
Muslims on the Hajj reach out to God; scientists at CERN reach for the God particle.
The Kaaba and the Large Hadron Collider, near Geneva, Switzerland, are polar opposites about 4,100 kilometers apart and represent the divisions between the West and Islam. This imbalance will not end until the two structures come together. As it would be impractical to dismantle the LHC and reconstruct it in Saudi Arabia, Mohammed must come to the mountain: the Alps. The Kaaba, a fairly small building, could be taken apart and reassembled above ground in the center of the LHC circle.
When the circling at the Kaaba and the LHC are synchronized, we may open the gate to Heaven or the gate to Hell, depending on what is in the hearts of the scientists and Muslim pilgrims.
The Swiss, known for their clockwork precision, would be better at crowd control than the Saudis, whose mismanagement of the Hajj rituals has resulted in thousands of deaths over the years. On the other hand, moving the Kaaba to the French-Swiss border could be interpreted as an introduction of the Caliphate into Europe.
If CERN and Mecca are not merged, the Kaaba may suffer a different fate. The Kaaba is similar in size, shape and appearance to the building that housed the first H-bomb test. Indeed, Robert Jungk, author and anti-nuclear activist, noted that the structure “reminded some of the participants of the Kaaba.”
The thermonuclear device was detonated on November 1, 1952 by the U.S. on Enewetak, an atoll in the Pacific Ocean, yielding an explosion of 10.4–12 megatons of TNT and a large amount of radioactive fallout.
If we experience another Nine Eleven or jihadists seize control of Mecca, a reactionary U.S. President might order the dropping of an H-bomb on the Kaaba. That leader may see himself as an agent of God in fulfilling the “H-bomb prophecy.” The “Kaaba” at ground zero at Enewetak would become the Kaaba at ground zero in Mecca.
Images Large Hadron Collider, by alpinethread (Flickr), CC BY-SA 2.0; Kaaba, by Tab59 (Flickr: Mosquée Masjid el Haram à la Mecque), CC BY-SA 2.0; H-bomb building in 1952, U.S. Dept. of Defense, public domain
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