Stanley Collymore


A Core Issue


The Bible says that Eve, at the instigation of a wily
snake, seduced Adam who she then persuaded to eat
her apple and for his impertinence or altruistic
gesture, depending on how you view the matter,
the snake as indeed all of his descendants,
were henceforth condemned to crawl
on their bellies making them the
first living creatures ever to be
officially and disapprovingly
slapped with a communual
and ongoing ASBO.

A particularly harsh punishment, when carefully
scrutinized, for bringing some much needed
joie de vie into Adam’s daily and evidently
boring existence and without which
presumably none of us would be
here - at least not in the form
we are – devoid of the selfless action of
the snake. For without the snake’s judicious
intervention - having obviously first and
quite naturally demonstrated to Eve what it was
all about - Adam would still have been totally
ignorant of the facts of life and what his manly
duties entailed. A neglect that would have
been catastrophic for human kind.

So let’s hear it for the snake; and rather than
condemn and even demonize him and his kind celebrate
instead his entrepreneurial flair and sexual
initiative in getting Eve to recognize
the value of her apple, while
simultaneously encouraging her
fortitude in convincingly
persuading Adam,
although somewhat
belatedly, to
eat it.

Submitted: Thursday, June 06, 2013
Edited: Thursday, June 06, 2013

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Well done Eve!

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© Stanley V. Collymore
27 December 2009.

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