The Snake In The Garden

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The Snake In The Garden

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This article was originally posted in the website Blog several years ago. The Blog was discontinued (along with the original forums) when the third-party Servers that hosted them were closed. In the near future these articles will be reposted on this new forum board in a dedicated section entitled Bleats From The Black Sheep (the original Blog title in the Activism section of the website). In the meantime this piece is reposted here, for it is relevant to current world events. Nothing has changed in the intervening years since it was written. Evolution is a slow process..... but spiritual evolution is down to the will of human consciousness to move forward rather than stagnate in a mire that would eventually destroy us. It is we who have that choice: it is both the gift and the curse of freedom.....


Seen from space ours is a beautiful jewel of a planet, and the view moved the early astronauts immensely. But it's the poet, or the optimistic spirit, within us that sees it that way, for we know far better than any would-be visitor from some faraway galaxy that this is not so: deep beneath that delicate pearlescent veil lies a cauldron of raging oceans and bubbling lava, and a jungle where fragile life struggles to survive with a heave of sinew and a blaze of fervour. In many ways, seen from down here, it could be more readily mistaken for a hell rather than some eden.

The fact that humanity has ever perceived our world as any sort of paradise amidst the savagery all animal forms are born into, where survival is a deadly game of stalk and capture and the capriciousness of nature can wipe away all endeavour as effortlessly as chalk on a writing board, says much about the spirit within us. No matter how one chooses to define that spirit, whether as something endowed by a god, or a chemical chain of neuron activity, it is something that enables us, and perhaps other higher animals, to see beyond the objective world; to conceptualise and envisage alternative patterns. Perhaps that is a curse rather than a blessing, for it provides us with an image of life where everything is, to a greater or lesser extent, subjective, and where there is therefore constant dissent amongst us about how the world is ordered, to what extent we should fit into this pattern, and in which direction, if any, we should seek to change it. Maybe it is this inner 'vision' that the seers who penned the book of Genesis were alluding to in the story of the fall from grace. Far fewer of us these days believe that the ambivalence and angst that results is some punishment from a god rather than just the way we are made: indeed, many of the progressives amongst us would assert that this very ambivalence, this ability to see both 'good' and 'bad', is actually an evolutionary step forward rather than regressive discipline handed out by some all-knowing deity. Thus we can believe that heaven is a future state in an unearthly sphere; or that heaven and hell is what we make of this life on earth, and debate endlessly about what constitutes either state.

Nevertheless, the notion of the lure of that forbidden fruit, and the greed that motivated its plucking, can still have some validity: for in a world where we conceptualise 'good' and 'bad' there is by inference a boundary, albeit one that isn't clearly defined, between the two, and a choice that has to be made as to which side of the boundary to step. The fruit is easily seen as all that is good for the welfare of mankind; the forbidden fruit can thus be defined as that which carries with it a price that is perhaps too high: a self-indulgence which, whilst initially splendid and succulent, is actually superfluous to one's needs and so conduicive to a state of imbalance. One must consequently wonder whether it was the fruit itself that was poisoned or whether the snake simply crept up and bit humanity whilst it was beguiled by the feast.

In a world where there was always plenty for all - and even now, with the world's burgeoning population, sufficient food to feed everybody, were it not for the fact that almost half is simply discarded due to the lack of a desire to create an economic model where it could be redeployed to areas of need - it's plain to see that, whilst not all of humanity has necessarily been defiled by that forbidden fruit, many have. The majority in the 'West' have far more than they need for a comfortable lifestyle, and they choose to turn a blind eye to those in the less developed world (and indeed those scavaging in their own backyard) rather than give up some of their creature comforts. Most of us in the 'developed' world are guilty of this to a greater or lesser extent, and most of us, already seduced by the taste of that 'fruit of success', probably secretly aspire to the vast riches that the small sector of particularly nasty and self-oriented individuals who have risen to the top of the tree -the global elite - have amassed for themselves. We live in a world rife with rumours of an 'illuminati': a small cabal who are all-powerful and, with the rapid development of communications technology, almost all-seeing - indeed, an elite which has almost displaced the god that some would say they created in the first place, motivated by the lust to tread all others down before them so that they can keep the upper branches of that tree, and the vantage point it affords, for themselves.

If this seems a paranoid view of our planet it is nevertheless one informed by stories of companies such as Monsanto who, it is widely understood, have ambitions to control the food supply of the entire world, and who have already tried to suppress those that stand in their way by means of litigation and the lobbying, with enormous sums of money, of our political leaders. It should not escape anybody reading this that a company that controls the entire global food supply (and, moreover, one that is a leading exponent of genetically modified produce), could potentially either nourish or poison the entire global population.

Those of us who, rather than turning away in disgust or disdain, are hell-bent to somehow sneak past the defences and join that clique, are so blinded by their blood-lust that they will do almost anything to get there. They will think nothing of packing hundreds of low-paid workers into a factory in Bangladesh until the entire building collapses and kills many, for the dead are expendable cogs in their greater goal; they will have no pangs of guilt whilst they hide their hoarded gold in offshore accounts away from the taxman, for they rise to the top by not playing by the rules of the throng; they will watch with eyes of steel as their henchmen murder those that stand in their way whilst they rape the world's - the WORLD'S, belonging to everything that lives thereon, not theirs - resources, such as the Amazon rainforest, for they cannot see the trees for the wood; they will not flinch from selling a worthless device in the guise of a hi-tech bomb detector to defence authorities around the world, as in the recent case of British millionaire James McCormick, for they have already sold their soul to the snake of capitalist greed, and care not for the countless innocent individuals who may have died as a result of their deceit.

It may have been better if we had stayed in that idyllic garden, nurtured blissfully by some force from above like unquestioning plant life. But, like it or loathe it, we have 'evolved': that snake was always there, and sooner or later we would have to confront it. We took a bite of something that contained within it powers we could not control: like some hallucinogenic drug it has beguiled our senses so we can make no sense of 'right' and 'wrong' - for we knew neither beforehand. We cannot change the course we took. Those that believe in Darwinism rather than theology will contend that there never was any choice in the first place - that it was pre-ordained by the inquisitive nature that's an essential part of the intelligence our genetic code bestowed upon us. Either way, we can probably never turn away now from the concepts of good and bad, right and wrong, that our newfound vision has provided us, so perhaps our best course is one of detoxification: to rid ourselves of the venomous greed within us that blinds us into seeing all that feeds our individual lust as 'right', regardless of the harm it may do to others. There isn't really any time to lose. We need to shift our mindset back to a state of equilibrium, before the insane conspirators that are already poisoned beyond redemption obliterate the garden that once cradled us all.
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