falling from grace

“Ancient Greek religious art does not portray myth as is widely supposed, but rather the history of the human race told from the standpoint of the way of Kain. Like the Book of Genesis, Greek artists traced back their ancestors to a first couple in an ancient paradise with a serpent-entwined apple tree-only they believed that the serpent enlightened, rather than deluded, that first couple…”

I don’t even remember where this quote came from now, but it hit home for me for this reason: every time in my life that I have experienced a major pain, a major “fall”, I have grown spiritually and intellectually from that experience. It has been something that as I look back I realize gave me such insight and wisdom that I would not trade it now even if I had the power to.

Why wouldn’t that also be true for Adam and Eve? How can anyone learn anything living a perfect life in a Garden of Eden? If you want for nothing, not even knowledge you might as well be dead. Curiosity seems to me to be our blessing and it’s what opened up Adam and Eve to a harder but far more interesting and fulfilling journey….symbolically speaking of course 🙂

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One thought on “falling from grace

  1. Ken says:

    I think Milton may agree with you here, at least to some extent, although I think freedom rather than spiritual and intellectual growth was his interest at the time. In the last few lines of Paradise Lost when Adam and Eve are leaving the Garden, he wrote: “The World was all before them, where to choose their place of rest.” This and other lines make me think Milton saw that in our Hebraic tradition the beauty and goodness of life are affirmed, even beyond the eastern gate of Eden.

    If I had been there in the garden, I think would have grabbed the fruit from the tree of life too.

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