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What if What We Think is Real is a Lie?

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"I don't think I'm in Kansas anymore!"

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-Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz


We are at a pivotal time in the history of humanity.   Over the course of the past 6 to 10,000 years, we have increasingly been besieged by a philosophy that may be proven to be a lie at worse or just a natural movement in the history of the universe at best.   Is this movement good or bad?   Who is to say?   What use is judgment at this point?    Perhaps what's important is to expose what we are living under.


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The beginning of this wave was around 6 to 10,000 years ago.   This would place it around the time of the writing of the Adam and Eve story.   This story describes humanities being kicked out of Eden, a place of paradise in which man and woman could stroll about naked without any shame and were buddies with all the wonderful creatures of the Earth.


Perhaps the Eden of yesterday exists still today?   For example, in modern tribal societies, women and men can romp about naked without any shame, meaning that the movement illustrated in Genesis wasn't necessarily universal, but appeared to affect some cultures and not others.   And, overall, those tribal societies live with the creatures around them without thinking themselves "Lord" over them.   Indeed, if they ate a particular creature, it was to the Spirit of that creature that they often gave thanks.   But that thanks wasn't just about the food needed for survival.   It was also about incorporating the animal's spirit into the self.


How did it happen that we got to where we are?   According to the Bible, Eve enticed Adam into eating the fruit of knowledge, the apple, which then opened both of their eyes to their nakedness.   In other words, it made them self-aware and, more importantly, judgmental about their bodies.   To pass judgment on one's body, made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), means they passed judgment on Nature or God.


It seems to me that given the line that we were made in the image of God, "male and female created He them", as proclaimed by Genesis 1:27, the Fall was our loosing site of who we are.   So, you could even say that Adam and Eve not only denied their true essence, their nudity, but that of the universal powers, i.e., Nature/God.  

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Thus, we became alienated from ourselves and the universe in which we live.  


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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature." As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio (more...)

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