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Thursday, April 10, 2008

How Adam and Eve Messed Up

This is my latest at the Partial Observer. Excerpt:
Obviously, the Tree made Adam and Eve aware of the concept of Good and Evil, but not the content of what is good and evil. Otherwise, the utterly moronic idea that nakedness was evil would not have entered their heads. No wonder they were expelled from the Garden of Eden. Now thinking in terms of good and evil, but not knowing what is good and what is evil, they would have mismanaged the place. They were incompetent.

Thousands of years later, we still don't seem to have much of an idea about good and evil. Sure, some will say that there are indeed moral absolutes that everyone besides psychopaths agree on, such as murder. But even that is debatable: some religions teach or imply that murdering non-believers is permissible. Not even child rape and violence against women are condemned universally, and theft and fraud against foreigners or second-class citizens has been permitted in many cultures. Nor can we even say that human moral consciousness is "evolving." After all, unprovoked warfare - such as U.S. aggression against Serbia and Iraq in the last nine years - goes unpunished, torture is making a comeback, and the global economy is based on usury and inflation.