Bloody cities

“Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Now, Son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Yes, show her all her abominations'” (Ezekiel 22:1-2 NKJB).

Cities (and states, countries and other geographic entities) often gain reputations for certain traits. These may reflect natural characteristics (as for example, “Rome, the city of seven hills”) but are often anthropomorphic; that is they are described in terms of human character or morality.

When one mentions the name of any of the world’s great cities today, there are certain images which almost immediately come to mind. Paris, Bangkok, New York, Los Vegas, Monte Carlo, New Orleans – the list is virtually endless. History pairs those locations with events and kinds of activities and they convey a distinct impression to those aware of that connection.

Travelers to such places may be forewarned of both attractions and dangers, using the reputation of his or her destination to prepare for either safety or adventure, depending upon the traveler’s own inclinations. Continue reading “Bloody cities”