The original sin

When you are in the rat race you have very little time to stop and smell the roses.
But when you disengage from work, you can look around you and reflect on what you are seeing or reading.

One of my guilty pleasures is reading. I am a voracious reader who goes through any kind of writing I can put my hands on.

In the past, I have frequently come across the “original sin” expression without ever pausing to think about it; but recently, bumping into these words again, I suddenly stopped and reared like a startled horse.
What the heck is the “Original Sin” anyway?

“Original sin, also called ancestral sin, is the Christian doctrine of humanity’s state of sin resulting from the fall of man, namely the sin of consuming from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, stemming from Adam’s rebellion in Eden. “
Wikipedia

I am ready to wager a bundle that very few people could give me a clear explanation of that conundrum.
Adam-and-EveEven though I am a sworn atheist I always was under the impression that Adam and Eve were chased from Eden for doing the Nasty.
It seemed like a reasonable assumption. Two attractive, bored young people with too much time on their hands…

But why would that be a sin?
Why is it that for some people everything linked to copulation is a sin?
Whoever ever came up with this absurdity?

By the same token, are breeding animals also sinners? I wonder…

And what about “the tree of knowledge”?
“In Western Christian art, the fruit of the tree is commonly depicted as the apple.”

It looks good and appetizing. Why shouldn’t we eat it?
And why is “consuming from the tree of knowledge” verboten?
Don’t you want people to be educated and knowledgeable?
It does not make any sense to my Cartesian mind.

Geek mythology sounds so much more logical to me. The Gods had numerous affairs, fought, and engaged in vendettas just like regular couples.
Their way of life sounds so much more believable than the “original sin” saga.

But I am not a learned person, especially when it comes to the convoluted history of humankind explained by highly partisan individuals.
And who cares anyway about what happened two, three or four thousands years ago?
Is it relevant today?
Can any sane person keep any grudge that long?

Looking at what is happening in the murderously sectarian Middle East it looks like it.

Morons, f***ing morons!

Excuse my outburst. Connerie ignorance lunacy bigotry makes me go off the deep end.

In this life, you choose what you want to believe.
I choose to believe that there never was any Original Sin.
Maybe, just maybe, two bored teenagers.

Alain

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