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To agree with that would mean one would have to believe that Genesis literally took place. The story about Adam and Eve and the Tree and the Snake are
all so obviously allegorical, I can't see how anyone with any sort of sentient intelligence could believe otherwise. Oh that's right, Christians
completely lack intelligence. How else could they justify killing millions of people in the name of the God of love?
Seriously though, the tree is a metaphor for one's spiritual path. Their map of spiritual attainment and advancement. The Tree of Life in the
Kabbalah, a map of creation. The fruits on the tree are the sephiroth, centers of different types of spiritual energy that are associated with a
myriad of other things, such as colors, plants, sensations, planets, hours, scents, etc...
The sephiroths are really levels of attainment that one can climb through so to say. The serpent on the tree is a squiggly line that connects all the
sephiroths at once, effectively firing on all cylinders, if you will. This represents enlightenment, the ability to connect ones ability to recognize
beauty with the ability to understand. Or the ability to have knowledge coupled with the ability to understand that knowledge in order to make wise
decisions of what to do with said knowledge. These are examples of multiple sephiroths working together, in unison, to produce actions and other
things that we do every day without thinking about it. That is why good artists are so rare, because it is difficult to combine the several sephiroths
required to make good art. One has to be in touch with certain sephiroths of serverity and mercy, as well as beauty and strength, also with the
ability to create and make physical the other-worldy ideas of Kether into Malkuth.
Anyway, now you see, that the entire story of Genesis, is one big allegory for man's consciousness and the path to sentience. Eating of the fruit on
this tree brought the man from ignorance into light. (Some say the real fruit is psychedelic mushrooms, or any of the other several hundred
hallucinogenic plants that bring instant enlightenment. This eating of the mushroom might be the very thing that triggered the evolutionary step in
man to have a superior conscoiusness) Animals work on the lower sephiroths, and they are not even aware that there is a system, or a tree, or
different spiritual centers. That is how man was before, and when he ate of the fruit on the tree, he instantly became conscious of the fact that
there even was a tree! This lead to him thinking, about thinking. Knowing that he knows and doesn't know. This knowing of knowing, is what separates
humans from animals, that is why it is so sacred, and that is why it is the beginning. Not the beginning of the world, but the beginning of man's
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