Sweet is rare in nature. It is also good for you when it was rare. I have pondered William Raspberry’s remark about the mischief born of the technology that could separate sweet from nourishment. It’s good for you is irony when the good becomes bad for you in the amounts we crave. One criteria of natural evil is, “too much of a good thing.” We seek technology to produce unlimited sweetness, lacking the wisdom to know to stop. This condition brings to mind Genesis 3, the story of the fruit in the garden of Eden.

After being assured by the serpent that God was holding out on her, Genesis 3:6 “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate.”
 NRSV Bible with the Apocrypha

  • The tree was good for food
  • The tree was a delight to the eyes
  • The tree was to be desired to make one wise

Eve & Adam ate.  Clearly from a very early point in our history eating became more than nourishment. It is also interesting that the fruit is believed in the West to be the apple. It is no wonder that fasting became a human religious practice. JWS

Humans are not as unique as we think

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To read the Holy Word egocentrically will lead to trouble. When God told Adam to have “Dominion” over creation, I’m afraid we understood our role in the very  worse sense of the word.  To have dominion is to be separate from; other than or to be exalted above, we thought, rather than to be steward of creation as the text most likely means.  We read it as creation being something to be used (up?).   You saw of course where that train was headed even before the whistle blew…

We see ourselves as radically removed from nature rather than as a part of it.  We are offended at being called the human animal.  Our bent toward alienation makes us adverse to humility when the dirt is our salvation for we are not separate from nature.

Enter the apple… Check out the short film on the apple you find below. 

 The apple has an elegant strategy for survival.  Beginning in Central Asia the plant has taken root across the earth helped along by mammals love affair with its fruit, whose sweetness, a trait rare in nature, but very attractive to mammals. So off the apple went soon making common cause with animals/humans thus covering the earth.

The success of the apple points out that humanity is more integrated as part of creation than we in our egocentricity are willing to admit.  JWS