papalagi (papalagi) wrote,

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 ноя 1874 - 24 янв 1965) Thoughts and Adventures, 1932


Moses fled into the Sinai Peninsula. These are the most 
awful deserts where human life in any form can be supported. 

There are others, like the vast expanses of the Sahara or the 
Polar ice, where human beings cannot exist at all. Still, always 
a very few people have been able to keep body and soul 
together amid the rigours of the Sinai Peninsula. There are 
nowadays a few hundred Bedouin inhabitants. But when an 
aeroplane makes a forced landing in the Sinai Peninsula the 
pilot nearly always perishes of thirst and starvation. In these 
dour recesses the fugitive Moses found a local chief and 
priest named Jethro. With him he took up his abode; he ren- 
dered him good service, married his daughter, Zipporah, and 
dwelt in extreme privation for many years. Every prophet has 
to come from civilization, but every prophet has to go into 
the wilderness. He must have a strong impression of a complex 
society and all that it has to give, and then he must serve 
periods of isolation and meditation. This is the process by 
which psychic dynamite is made.

They marched accordingly to the northern inlet of the Red 
Sea. There is much dispute as to their numbers. The Bible 
story says they were 600,000 men, with women and children in 
addition. We may without impiety doubt the statistics. A 
clerical error may so easily have arisen. Even to-day a nought 
or two is sometimes misplaced. But more than two thousand 
years had yet to pass before the ‘nought’ and all its con- 
veniences was to be at the disposal of mankind. The earlier 
forms of notation were more liable to error than our own. 
Unless the climate was very different from the present it is 
difficult to see how even 6,000 persons could have lived in the 
Sinai Peninsula without supernatural aid on a considerable 
and well-organized scale.

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