Thursday, November 1, 2012
The story of Adam and Eve is the oldest mystery in the world. In fact, this rather frightening and dark mystery comes down to us from our prehistoric ancestors' oral tradition. Hundreds of millions of people have tried to understand this dreamlike story, and have thrown up their hands in defeat. Have YOU ever tried to understand it? Failure has been guaranteed for one simple reason: Evidence has been ignored. Here comes the evidence.
BAD DAY IN THE GARDEN
They eat the fruit, but what do they eat?
We lift the veil for a wary peek.
Through a forest of mystery hiding it all,
We see a body, naked and weak.
This BODY is the garden in whose center grow
The two famous trees, but never a weevil.
Here is the tree of life and the one
Of knowledge of good and knowledge of evil.
Because the two trees are right next to each other
Care must be taken to avoid the one bad.
For the fruit of both trees is pleasure,
So the pleasure is there to be had.
To be fruitful and multiply eat from the first.
But eat from the second and no one conceives.
So here we go now: one two three--
Pleasure, shame, fig tree leaves.
This poem is not just a brain teaser, nor hopefully is it an example of sophomoric cleverness. It's really quite simple: explanations of certain fearful mysteries buried in the story for thousands of years, have been exhumed by using verse, rather than prose, to more easily reveal these explanations. The quality of the verse is both irrelevant and unimportant.
Is the exegesis of the second and third chapters of Genesis a neologism? A belief? An opinion? Probably not. If the exegesis is any of these things, then the individual(s) who first heard the story, had absolutely no idea what the story meant and neither did the storyteller(s). It is difficult to believe this happened. ("Sometimes I just say things--I don't know what they mean.") If it did happen, then we have to try to imagine the original storyteller(s) telling the story while having no understanding of what they were saying, unless these original storytellers deliberately disguised and beautified the story, to hide its true meaning. But, this would have required extremely complex ability, to intentionally mystify at the very dawn of human consciousness. So, the mystification probably happened later. And, of course, when it did, everyone would have known exactly what the entire story meant. For a while.
October 20, 2014. Still puzzled? Get "Judge This Book By Its Cover." You will then find out what they actually did when they disobeyed. Like everyone else, you've always had a foreboding sense of the meaning of the story on a level deep within yourself, based on overtones in the narrative. This is the reason we have all the Adam and Eve jokes to break the tension. In spite of these jokes, a not very humorous surprise awaits you. A big surprise. But, before you attack this big surprise after you read the book, please realize strictly emotional resistance can be explained by cognitive dissonance. In other words, any ad hominem attacks, as opposed to serious criticisms of the rationality of the exegesis itself, will be useless in the long term.
Judge This Book By Its Cover.
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