The Tree of Knowledge
From the myriad of mythical Gods of fable
Those lost in time ‘n those still able
The fearfully hid ‘n humbly besought
In heaven, on earth, or inferno begot
‘tis only one worthy in all their lot—
Be the one lost of God the Eternal
The Dark Lord of Hell’s infernal nocturnal
By the Devil or Satan or Lucifer he known
‘twas a Rebel of courage to stand alone
To deny this God His secret of knowing
In the Garden of Eden where a tree stood growing
The knowledge of good ‘n evil
And yet the “Serpent” wished only to impart
The difference between right ‘n wrong in their heart
Why do you suppose that was?
Doesn’t matter, it’s how the fable’s told; the only difference is the way it’s sold. And might you know the courage of a woman shone through to partake of the fruit to gain the knowledge, the knowledge of knowing right from wrong?
Here’s how I imagine the episode having gone down. Shortly after the Serpent convinced Eve to partake the fruit of Knowledge, he slithered off into the Flora to wax his scales and rewrite destiny. “Adam,” said Eve, with unparalleled excitement in her voice and an enthusiastic spring to her step to where she found Adam in a stupor, his mouth gaped wide his eyes likewise holding gaze to the much-coveted Tree of Life. “Take a bite of this luscious fruit my dear Adam, to know its liberating knowledge of right from wrong. To see our God and the evil he holds, and the blessing the ‘Dark’ One bestowed.”
“O no, my dear Eve, we mustn’t. For surely thou recall the greatest sin of them all, the knowledge of good and evil. Remember the big guy’s warning that we shall die. This is our fate, Eve, to be his slave, to toil his garden and know not the difference between right from wrong. Oh, Eve, this would certainly bring his wrath to reign upon us.
“But oh my, you poor woman, my woman, you’ve already done it haven’t thou! I can see thou countenance beaming of wisdom, and the sparkle of freedom in thou eyes be told of thou evil doing.
“No I shan’t partake, Eve, I want not this Devil’s knowledge!”
“Adam… dearest, take bite the goddamn apple lest I shove it down thou throat.”
And now you know how we came about our Adam’s apple.
Albeit, knowing right from wrong is no laughing matter. It’s wrong to kill. It’s wrong to cause suffering to any sentient creature. It is right to live by love and compassion, doing no harm. But, it seems so many throughout history and even now refuses a symbolic Tree of Knowledge, to deny them the knowing of right and wrong.
For myself, I choose to have this knowledge.