In Hebrew Scripture, Zion is simply another name for Jerusalem. The Kabbalah addditionally identifies it as the source of all spirituality, and the psychic location of temples 1,2, and 3.
It's also arguably the name of this country's most photogenic national park, which is saying a lot, since I've seen a number of others, including Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Mt. Rainier. However, "photogenic" means little when applied to Zion, because no photograph could convey the immensity of this place, whose sandstone walls are so high they're dreadful.
A person feels small and insignificant passing through this southern Utah canyon, which is set among other wonders nearly as impressive.
In the past couple weeks, my partner and I have seen some of the most beautiful places on earth, right here in the good old U.S. of A. The Oregon coast, a marvel both of nature and public foresight (the entire coast is publicly owned and accessible to all), and the Redwoods of northern California belong to everybody.
As we travel through this fantastic land, I can't help contrasting its natural beauty to the artificial, grotesque, corrupted, and intrinsically evil political and economic systems, which have saddled us and ride us like fat men on burros.
If we hope to preserve our birthright, we must purge ourselves of those who have stolen the dream. Only when they're off our backs can we truly arrive in Zion, to finally lay our burdens down.
Photo: Kit Wood