Apr 17, 2020
"And Abraham said unto the LORD, “Will you not destroy the world
if there are even a million righteous people in it?” And the LORD
replied unto Abraham, “The world shall not be destroyed if there
are even a thousand competent people in it. I don’t have anything
to do with the process, mind, just making a prediction.”
— Eliezer Yudkowsky
The overt meaning of salt is “sodium chloride”.
The kabbalistic meaning of salt is “to try to escape destruction by heavenly fire”.
This meaning we derive from Genesis 18-19. God tells Abraham that He has decided to destroy Sodom for its wickedness. Abraham asks God to spare the city if there are even fifty righteous men, and God agrees. Step by step, Abraham bargains God down to a mere ten righteous men, but he doesn’t try to bargain any further. And there turns out to be only one righteous man – Abraham’s nephew Lot. So God destroys Sodom, but warns Lot and his family to run away and not look back. Lot and his family rush out of the city, but his wife can’t help looking back to see what’s going on, and for her disobedience God turns her into a pillar of salt.
Today President Reagan is meeting with the Devil in the White House to try to escape destruction by heavenly fire, and the name of the summit is Strategic Arms Limitations Talk (SALT)."
This is a serialized story narrated by Matt Arnold with the permission of the author, Scott Alexander. The original text is here: