02 October 2011

Retreat from Eden

To know good and bad in Eden is to know excess in sumptuousness and in poverty. 
That strife between serpent and man comes out of the exercise; that women will give birth in pain and feel sub-ordinate to men; that man will work the soil and only with the sweat of his brow will he eat bread – these mark a retreat from the abundance of paradise into predation, hierarchy and starvation. 
The revealing of the non-material values of the pursuit of excellence results in a countervailing imposition of the material conditions that result in the pursuit of excess. 

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