There is plenty of evidence and interest nowadays on how people shape their personality and form their reaction and perceptions in their lives according to the story they say to themselves. Those stories usually are coming from family environment or from school or from society and culture and -unless they are very problematic for the person - they are usually taken for granted or the assumptions that the stories are making are believed to be true. So no one is interested in challenging them or question them as long as they serve their purpose.
Sometimes though by staying so unaware and so unchallenged, they can create a lot of problems and make people lose contact with the reality around them. As Gregory Bateson put it: "whoever makes the mistake to submit their observing of the world to their perception of the world, he will inevitably end up eating the menu instead of the dinner". This means that stories and myths are sometimes unhelpful for our personal development and for our connection with the rest of the world.
At this point Jorge is wondering: " how do we know/evaluate if our education -which is consisted of stories and myths- is actually functioning as a motivation for our evolution or as a huge obstacle? Then he is introducing his great to me analysis of the Creation Myths for Western cultures and Eastern cultures. His first conclusions are:
- We are defined by different Creation myths.
- West's myth of creation of the world is based on God making the world from nothing. So God made something from nothing.
- East's myth of creation is based in evolution. Everything that exist is the product of something else that existed before.
- Therefore this is a good enough reason of how come and people at West feel the need to produce and to act and they get frustrated with more laid back people, whereas at East people are more aware of the inevitability of evolution and they do not feel this urge to intervene all the time in order to produce something.
According to Genesis as well the message that is passed on from the punishment of Eva and Adam is that :There is a Paradise which is now lost because of disobedience and that in case we want to ignore a rule, the punishment will be very heavy! What would happen though if there was a different message from this story? What if God chose to punish Eva and Adam not because they disobeyed , but because they refused to take the responsibility for it? Then kids would not get punished for how bad they are since they did something wrong, but they would learn to make choices depending on the consequences rather than the punishment.
Jorge then goes further and he feels grateful for Eva eating the apple because Paradise -no matter how perfect it is- it keeps you in a dull non-participation in life. Only if you question the given you can gain your freedom. So the fall from Paradise, is not a punishment but an actual consequence of an action. So the world outside Paradise means that actions create reactions and that people are now responsible for them because they chose to choose rather than relying on safe choices made by others. This sounds like adulthood, doesn't it? So what if the fall from Paradise is the inevitable transition from childhood to adulthood? Where people need to learn to get a job in order to feed themselves, they need to know that their decisions involve and influence others, that they are responsible for their lives and for everything that happens to them.
So is the point I am making with all the above that Bible's teachings got lost in translation? Not really. My point is that before we get proud of our culture or before we create a picture of the world we need to try and delete all those subtle messages and information that has been passed on to us so that we can be free enough to judge anew and re-orientate our energy and actions in life.
Because myths are going as far back as human existence and they can create perceptions, energies and conflicts and disconnect us from what it is!
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