Thursday, November 1, 2012
Why should you think about Adam and Eve? Because they are the world's oldest unsolved mystery. Formed before the invention of written language, this frightening and dark mystery comes down to us from our prehistoric ancestors' oral tradition. Whether it be God's Word, a fairy tale, or something else, confusion has reigned supreme for thousands of years, as hundreds of millions of people have tried to understand not only the actual deed done in the dreamlike story, but why a snake talks, and why Adam is so subservient to his wife. Have YOU ever tried to understand it?
There is no such tree as the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And, there is no apple tree in the story. The only other tree mentioned is a fig tree. But, there is no connection between the fig tree and the forbidden knowledge of good and evil tree. So, the term must refer to an unknown fruit tree. But what kind of fruit tree? What secret fruit tree causes so much trouble? And, if the tree is a real fruit tree, then why isn't this real fruit tree simply identified in the story, instead of being given such a strange and mysterious name by our prehistoric ancestors?
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.
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