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The Origin of Evil. A review.

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She made 911 calls. I understand Mr. Simpson only knew about three: in 1984, when she, when a police officer arrived, said it had been a mistake, and the other two in 1989 and 1993. The transcript of the last one you find in the book, so that you can see for yourself it makes no sense. (I'm afraid she hasn't been the only person in history to have used the police to participate in dramatic domestic scenes.)

Many marriages go wrong after the children are born because your children bring back your own childhood. Nicole Brown started physically attacking Mr. Simpson after the birth of their second child. I know of only one reason why a woman gets physically aggressive like her: experience with physical abuse as a child. The abuse stories she told sometimes to some people must have been projections. (This doesn't mean she is to be compared with the witch-hunters who use their target for that. Unlike the ones you see in TV-series, a real marriage is some kind of psycho-analysis and that often involves projection.) "She was a bad liar" says "O.J.", which is a compliment. Bad liars are people who have some kind of censor in the back of their heads which makes their stories unconvincing. The people she told those stories to later blamed themselves for not doing anything. I can tell them why: they were not at all sure they were true.

What else is there to say? They got divorced, and she got in touch with Faye Resnick's crowd. In the end everyone around her was greatly alarmed. She had associations with criminals and then she got killed ...

Mr. Simpson should never have been arrested. I blame his alleged 'dream-team' of lawyers. Bob Shapiro asking him if he did it; I would have fired him straight away. Telling him "You have to turn yourself in, an hour from now" is like your doctor telling you that you have one hour left to live. I think they could have proved him innocent many times over but it seems they all thought he was guilty, stirred up by the media ... Why didn't they get the records of Nicole Browns' last phone call, which might have given him a watertight alibi?

This is where the story ends. Now I'll move to the deeper, fictional level, where this book tells you the story of the Fall. For that, I must first say something about the meaning of that word.

The origin of evil

Most people in the western world are Darwinists. What has always puzzled me is that so many of them seem to think that evil is part of human nature. Most forms of evil have a negative effect on the chances of survival of all parties involved, so it's not very likely that they could survive an evolutionary process. And when they assume that morality is a social invention ... do they really believe that society can create new feelings, like guilt, moral indignation, thirst for revenge?

But biologists in general fail to give you an acceptable explanation for mental human properties. So I will start out with a Darwinist explanation of morality.

The origin of ethics

When animals want to organize themselves all they can think of is following a leader. Once a species has come into being that has developed a high enough level of communication so as to make it possible for individuals to make plans together, a far better organization model comes in sight. The group will have the best chances of survival if everybody's interest is taken equally into account. So a very strong instinct developed to see an equal in everyone you get in touch with; a sense of moral indignation when another fails to treat another as an equal; a sense of guilt when you realize you did that; and the thirst for revenge when a person fails to see it, the "an eye for a eye" principal forcing people in the position of the victim when they have failed to imagine themselves in that position.

It seems a watertight system but something must have gone wrong ... No theory explaining human properties can do without a variety of the story of the Fall.

The Fall

We have to teach our children the knowledge of good and evil (or "values", as it's called nowadays), parents say. So they must have learned that from their parents, and they from theirs and so on ... So where did Adam and Eve get this knowledge? I don't know, it must have been growing on a tree or something ...

This must have been the starting point of the story of the Fall in the bible. There is only one way to teach your children the knowledge of good and evil: by making them feel guilty when they did something bad. They never do anything bad. Morality is part of human nature, but children have a development program, which includes the development of morality; you cannot expect the same social behavior from a child as from an adult. Interpreting children's behavior as bad is always misinterpretation. Original sin is making a child confess to a crime it hasn't committed.

The Fall is something that happens to practically everyone in this world, but not all people sell their souls to the devil by giving up on the principle of equality. In the bible the story is written with the pen of the devil, demonstrating the properties of the evil that is the result of that, sexism, inconsistency, absence of imagination ... incapacity to love.

Oscar Wilde tells the story again in "The Picture of Dorian Grey" and again the story is told, for a large part, with the voice of the devil. It's the analysis of evil, but the Fall itself is only referred to, as it happened when Dorian was a child.

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I am a Dutch woman. I was born in 1947.

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