posted on Feb, 25 2013 @ 10:59 AM
reply to post by aerial
Well, going strictly by The Book, Satan didn't really
give us anything, he merely convinced us to access information which was already within
our reach. That information was the "knowledge of good and evil".
Adam and Eve weren't exactly "mindless" before accessing this information, but lacked a certain quality of discernment. Basically they could not
judge what was good and what was bad, but lived contented lives. It could be described as a sort of child-like innocence or living purely in the
moment. They just hung out in the garden, eating when they needed to, giving names to stuff. Sounds like a perfect life.
Ironically it was the very lack of discernment which allowed them to be decieved. I think it was inevitable since God had placed the "fruit" within
their reach (ie. created them with the capacity to form a concept of good and evil). Eve had not known that the snake was lying, she couldn't have,
and neither did Adam, until after they had both eaten.
I personally believe this is an allegorical story which conveys the ideas of Id, Ego and Super-Ego
The id is the unorganized part of the personality structure that contains a human's basic, instinctual drives. Id is the only component of
personality that is present from birth.
The ego comprises the organized part of the personality structure that includes defensive, perceptual, intellectual-cognitive, and executive
functions. Conscious awareness resides in the ego, although not all of the operations of the ego are conscious. Originally, Freud used the word ego to
mean a sense of self, but later revised it to mean a set of psychic functions such as judgment, tolerance, reality testing, control, planning,
defense, synthesis of information, intellectual functioning, and memory.
Before tasting the fruit, Adam and Eve had no ability to judge. Eating the fruit gave them this ability.
Eating the fruit = development of Ego
Source - Wikipedia
Freud developed his concept of the super-ego from an earlier combination of the ego ideal and the "special psychical agency which performs the
task of seeing that narcissistic satisfaction from the ego ideal is ensured ... what we call our 'conscience'."
The super-ego aims for perfection. It comprises that organized part of the personality structure, mainly but not entirely unconscious, that includes
the individual's ego ideals, spiritual goals, and the psychic agency (commonly called "conscience") that criticizes and prohibits his or her
drives, fantasies, feelings, and actions. "The Super-ego can be thought of as a type of conscience that punishes misbehavior with feelings of guilt.
For example, for having extra-marital affairs."
After eating the fruit, both Adam and Eve realised that they were naked and felt shame, a result of a guilty conscience.
Feeling shame = development of Super-Ego
Many advocates of meditation refer to it as a tool used to deconstruct the ego, which may be used to benefit oneself when the ego interferes with