Originally posted by galveston75
So the hard life most humans have now you'd rather have then a simpler and better world where life would be better?
how do you define better life?
is it lack of hardship? a life where nothing happens to you is preferable to a life where good and bad happen, even if the bad happens more often?
what did adam and eve get to do in the garden of eden? they had a naming ceremony of all the plants and animals and that was about it. sitting in the sun, eating fruit. taking a dump, eating some fruit. sleeping. eating some more fruit. sitting in the sun.
the act of defying god and eating from the tree of knowledge represents mankind defining trait: thirst for more, for progress. adam and eve symbolic act represents mankind renouncing an easy life of just laying around and adopting a life of hardship, but filled with satisfaction.
sure, most likely that is not what the authors of genesis had in mind. they mostly emphasized adam and eve's disobedience. i am just saying that we being more enlightened than those shepherds(or so we claim) we can find new meanings to this story.