THE UNFOLDING DRAMA: ADAM, EVE AND THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT
Whether true, symbolic, literal or entirely false, the story of Adam and Eve bequeaths an uncannily similar legacy to men and women of varying race and creed to enact an identical drama of unfolding import.
The power behind the story rests in the hands of an ambiguous sexless potentate with rights over life and death. His manner resembles that of a slave owner who controls its creatures. There is no need for morality or consciousness; there are no precedents or models to follow, just one rule: absolute obedience. Nothing exists outside of this. When the tedium of endless mindlessness is broken by an exercise of personal initiative, the creatures and everyone connected to them are condemned to endure a saga of misfortune, suffering and pain. The plot is set for the play of polarities that will define the material world.
As lead actor, Adam is a weak, henpecked specimen of manhood. Eve as airy-fairy believer is the supporting actress who drives him from behind the scenes, even if she is incapable of doing anything on her own without his approval and collaboration. The serpent attracts her attention and she brings the apple to her rather placid, sedentary consort. An act of mortal disobedience.
In some strange twist of fortune, Eve is held responsible while Adam is exonerated. Henceforth men are called to lead and women made to follow and serve. Men’s obvious weakness is overlooked and women are reproached for curiosity and leadership.
If Adam and Eve had been self aware and truly happy in the first place – as is claimed in the inferred Beginning — there would have been no need for a serpent or guilty party. It is here, now, where the real purpose of that original mandate is understood. Knowledge is the forbidden fruit and free will is its seed. The terms “forbidden” and “trespass” acquire the force of a mandate henceforth dual and conflicting. It is the onset of good and evil, right and wrong, day and night, life and death.
For the underling offspring who set out on a journey of trial and error on their own, there is only confusion and uncertainty. Their only role model is the authority that judged them guilty, a pattern that is henceforth reenacted in their relations with one another. Beyond this, there lingers a hazy sort of innocence where repentance and unworthiness often yield to the desire of returning into slavery (seen as “safety”) in a garden of immediate satisfactions.
Deeply embedded in the psyche the legacy of unworthiness and guilt predominates. Outwardly there is fear, pain, rejection, perennial danger and imminent death.
Two expressions constantly manifest. On the surface, the need for successful survival. From the abyss of memory emerge trigger-impulses that develop faculties and talents beyond mere survival: blossoms from the seed of the forbidden fruit. The exodus endows the émigrés with a growing sense of alertness, synchronicity with Nature and one another, and spontaneous intuition, antennae that enable them to discover right from wrong, and guide them. Paranoid thoughts together with hopeful forewarnings blend into a possibility of self-made realisation where the future stands out as the redeemed legacy of humanity’s progenitors beyond the safe haven of Paradise.
After many rewrites of Act II, men and women find themselves in an overgrown jungle where more subtle and complex monsters still hover seeking to devour and annihilate them, all consequence of that initial act of self-assertion.
But not all is lost. In search of the Promised Land, other vistas are revealed, other goods unveiled, each gender harvesting an inner aspect of itself. It is the ingredient that impulses the development of Act III where a new world is inferred as imminently possible, breaking the pattern established in that forsaken past.
We may be very different on the surface, conscious, unaware, over-imaginative and forthright, or extremely introverted, yet humanity shares the same pool of subliminal memories as Adam and Eve, each in our own unique nomenclature of gender characteristics and culture.
The New Inner Man
What awareness emerges after the many trials and tribulations of responsibility, forced into command, ownership and the creation of strategies of attack and defense… with resources of unlimited power and illusion? Traits considered negative, weak, unbecoming and vulnerable in men are in reality gifts from Adam. Traits that stand out without much comment, such as restraint, consideration, respect for the female gender, and collaboration, turn out to be positive constructive characteristics. Inner. Intelligent sensitivity is the faculty of emotional resonance that defines the depths of male feeling, woven into the fibers of a distilled and tried intellect trained for order and accuracy.
What awareness emerges after the many trials and tribulations of obedience, servitude, insecurity, powerlessness, confusion and dependence… with endless emotional resources of manipulation? Traits considered freakish or intolerable in women are in truth gifts from mother Eve. Curiosity and leadership, adventure and willfulness, considered negative, are inherited virtues. Sensitive intelligence is the faculty that guides “inner” woman. Her brand of emotional sensitivity is brushed with the finest qualities of a subtle, flexible, incisive holistic mind.
End of Part I
(Part II – A woman’s experience of Eve and the manifestation of the forbidden fruit)