(Adam and Eve – oil on panel – Mabuse c.1510 -Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain )
Eve and Adam
Eve is seen as the cause of the fall.
The one who succumbed to temptation.
The one who was prepared to taste of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil despite being warned not so to do because the consequences would be dangerous and unpredictable –
and yet, and yet, she has the courage so to do.
She has the courage – and her courage – her curiosity
– releases humankind from the womb of dependency
– releases humankind from the Garden of Eden and sets them free
– free to choose
– free to get things wrong – and free to get things right
– free to do good – and free to do evil.
And all those things will happen because of Eve’s courage.
And the man, Adam?
He is pathetic – a scared little rabbit.
“Oh dear, What have you done Dear? Oh dear! oh dear! oh dear!
What the woman has done is to give humankind – female and male – the chance to become fully human.
And just in case the man should be tempted to regress to the infantile dependent state – thumb in mouth – an angel with a flaming sword stands guard at the entrance to the Garden of Eden, the womb of life, to prevent humankind climbing back in.
Now you can see now how important Eve’s courageous decision was for humankind.
[Unfortunately the men who wrote down this story did so in such a way that generations upon generations of men have used it to subjugate women in the past and still into the present.]
p.s: The Ophites an early Christian gnostic sect, and the Naasseni, a Judaic sect, regarded the serpent of paradise as wisdom itself – since wisdom had come to Earth through the knowledge of good and evil (which the serpent had brought)