Have You Sinned? Take 3

Here comes our third and final post on tete-e-tete with Adam and Eve. For more Art of Start articles, tune in to our bimonthly magazine FURORE.

Host : Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to The Fishbowl Furore! Tonight’s guest features a couple who’ve achieved a lot of firsts in their lifetime, which also includes causing the first ever furore. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Adam and Eve!

A&E : Greetings, everyone. It feels wonderful to be here.

Host : To start things off, let me ask you Adam, what have you made of mankind over the ages?

Adam : They’re doing great. For all I know, things could’ve gone a lot worse, but they’ve managed to keep it going fairly steady.

Host : I’m sorry, but how much worse could it get? In the past 100 years there’s been two world wars, nuclear scares, famine, economic crises, impoverishment, and just general misanthropy all over the place. So, how on Earth are things even kept “fairly steady”?

Eve : This is where the illusion of a perfect ‘Garden of Eden’ comes into play. It’s a little difficult to break it to you, but there was never any peace and tranquillity back in the Eden days. The only difference between then and now is our population and its consequences. All that we see as ‘evil’ was manifested by the one serpent. As you can see, the world around us was tainted from the very onset. Yet, it is only natural. And that has always been the order of things.

Host : So, there would never be any way of getting rid of evil from our lives at all?

Adam : Sadly, no. However, you must understand that evil is balanced out. Our universe revolves around two very peculiar and, in many ways, mutually exclusive phenomena – randomness and balance. Whatever evil that is caused, would always, eventually be balanced out. At the same time, the process repeats again, except on a less conventional note.

Host : How big of a role would randomness play in the functioning of our lives?

Adam : An incredibly profound one. On a deeply philosophical extent, one would conclude that our subjection to randomness inculcates our self-perception to skew towards a more realistic angle – One which makes us feel like tiny, meaningless particles of dust in the cosmos.

Eve : This brings to light as to how much we require and use causality towards the explanation of an event. On one hand it uses the primary principles of logic and on the other hand it gives us comfort. We’ve always found great difficulty when it came to events that defy our logic. So much so that it scares us. I still remember, back in those days, we were very scared.

Host : But logic, at least these days, have morphed from the application of intuition to the application of collectivised data that we learn during the course of our lives. Historically speaking, it does put things on a fair perspective doesn’t it?

Eve : Fair, yes. But it doesn’t really compel our emotional senses any further does it? Nothing does. Our weather-like capriciousness has impinged a lot many things in their own way. Fear is a natural reaction to things which we cannot accept or understand quickly. Ask a college student about mathematics and you might understand. Although, it can be vanquished with due effort.

Adam : At the same time, I’ve seen mathematics being put into good use to understand randomness. However, it has led to an array of rather obvious adages, such as the one by a certain Murphy. Long after the forbidden fruit incident, the main problem in our lives was accepting the fact that our very existence could’ve been just as random as any other event in the universe. The two of us were old at the time, but the rest of our children began hypothesising myriad ways of creation.

Eve : This understanding of their own making did help them cope with their fears of the unexplainable, but this is where we first saw division sprout amongst them. Only, because one understands the universe a little differently than the other.

Host : This leads me to my next and final question, with regard to the many common hypothesis in existence today, was it free will or determinism that caused the forbidden fruit incident?

Eve : We are just as much in control of our actions as the stimuli which provoke them.

Adam : Determinism? No. The event is widely touted as the birth of evil, but it could’ve happened on any other day with in completely different circumstances but with the same subtext. Hence, free will.

Eve : Again, it was never the birth of evil, but the first action of evil. With curiosity we discovered a potential crawling underneath our skin. We discovered life in a completely…different way. Evil is just as much human as the kindness and humanity in us. And maybe, the serpent was just a scapegoat.

-Imran Gaffur

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