Once upon a time there lived an omniscient man who owned a garden, and in that garden lived a young man. The young man had free reign to do whatever he wanted in the garden, but with one exception — He was forbidden to eat fruit from a certain tree. The young man was told that if he ate from the tree he would be forbidden from another tree that promised eternal life. The young man obeyed the omniscient man for a period of time; but–later on–there would be another occupant in the garden–a woman.
This woman was made aware of the omniscient man’s wishes. Time had passed, and the young man and young woman lived a great life. However, a temptation sat heavy on the young woman. And it wasn’t before long that they both ate from the tree. Once the omniscient man became aware of their actions he casted the young man and woman out of the garden to live their lives “…by the sweat of his brow.”
Some people believe that this is just a fable. Whether it is or not is not the point.
The point is that this is the typical conflict that we, as humans, face. That conflict involves the forces of good versus the forces of evil.
How many times has this happened? You meet the perfect mate. She (or he) is just perfect. You gaze into their eyes and say to yourself, “I would give anything to be with them”. However, you’re married to another person; a person that you had similar feelings for — a person that you share children with — A person that you share a bed with, as well as personal finances.
Maybe relationships are not your bag. You prefer to drive nice cars, but don’t feel like paying for them. One day you’re walking down the street and you see a Ferrari parked on the corner with the key’s inside the car. What would you do? That car is worth more than many people make in eight to ten years. What would you do?
Well, there are only two paths to the answer. You can do the good thing, or you can do the evil thing. You can do the right thing, or you can do the wrong thing. However, the result should be focused on who is the benefactor of the good, and who is the recipient of evil.
And, in the end, is it worth it?