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You shall be as gods (Genesis chap. 3, verse 5)

For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

After the persuasive reassurance telling Eve that if she eats of the tree will she doesn’t die, the snake keeps pouring Eve his version of events. The snake equates “being as God” to “knowledge of good and evil.” We must reflect on this equivalence.

On closer inspection, we human beings know what is good and what is bad, at least in principle. In fact we know that killing, stealing, raping, or do other things like that is actually to do something wrong. As well as we know what a good deed is. Therefore, the distinction between good and evil is one thing that characterizes the human being. Because instead here it corresponds to being like God? Here we have to brush up what we have said about the nature of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. What does it represent? The human ethical capacity? I don’t believe so.

It does represent the totality of the experience; in other words, it is the illusory prospect of being able to do everything, unlimited and uncensored. To be able to afford any experience totally unaware of the consequences. This is a perspective that is not for man! To do everything without limits belongs, in fact, only to God. And probably the snake knows this very well.

Therefore, when the serpent told Eve that his eyes will be opened, it means that the human being can come to an awareness: the ability to do everything. Doing so you are suddenly outside the divine sphere, because God was replaced by ourselves.

The serpent’s words are the best representation of modern Western culture. The evil of our society is the continuous and exhausting race to surpassing oneself. Without limits and boundaries, men and women will finally be free and sovereign of their existence. But is it true? Or past history gives us a clear answer?

Simone Venturini


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