Updated: Dec 5, 2021
Written by Noble.
Recently, there has been a lot of news reports about the rise of violence against women. That the so-called professionals have been linking to the problems of mental health, due to the COVID situation in the world. But is this pandemic just another excuse to continue what has been happening for thousands of years? That is to say, the oppression and domination of women by the males of our species? It seems to me, that since the beginning of civilization, violence and oppression towards women has always existed. Going as far back to the Fall of Paradise.
It is here, at the time known as The Fall of Paradise, where it seems that all of women’s problems started. For this reason, I decided to go back and study some of the literature written about that period. I admit that I only used the Bible and John Milton’s poem “Paradise Lost”, to get a better sense of the source that has been used to implant into society’s culture this presumed inferiority of women. The story of the Garden of Eden and the Fall of Paradise is one of the greatest stories that men have used as an excuse to dominate and oppress women. Here is what I observed after reading and studying both books on the subject.
First and foremost, I have to say that I took everything with a grain of salt; since men are the ones who wrote these accounts and therefore put their own spin on everything. Now it is my turn to put down my thoughts on this subject matter.
The Bible writes that God created the world in six days (Genesis ch.1). However, in Paradise lost, Milton goes further back and writes about the fall of Lucifer and his followers from Heaven, the celestial home of God (On which I hope to write many articles in the future). At this point, I would like to bring to everyone’s attention, that it was in the paradise story that a woman called Eve was first tempted by Satan. An event that men have constantly used as the foremost determining factor on why they consider themselves superior to women. Unfortunately for us, preachers, writers, poets, philosophers, etc. have quite nicely covered up all the weaknesses that man displayed during this period and swept them under the rug. What a cover up! What lies we have been told! Presently, let us start decoding man’s part in this story.
Adam, the first man according to the story, was not created in paradise. In Genesis 2:7, it says: “The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground, and he breathed into his nostril the breath of life and the man became a living being.” Here we have, the alleged superior being, man, who was not created from flesh, but from dirt. Later, without us knowing exactly how long, the Lord God decided to place man (Adam) in the garden; that He had already created. This man, Adam, was not born an inhabitant of paradise. He was an outsider. He was only later allowed to live in Paradise, after he had received the breath of life. While Eve, on the other hand, was created in Paradise, automatically an inhabitant of the garden. She had presumably been created from the flesh of Adam, not from dirt. Adam was not human until God breathed into him life. Up until then, he had been nothing…just dirt. Dirt has no life.
Now, let us try to understand the meaning of the breath from God. What does a breath do in a body? Firstly, it is needed to animate a body. Secondly, it is also needed to create sounds. Therefore words, hence language and more importantly comprehension. If one were to look at this metamorphosis symbolically, it was not until Adam received this dispensation from God, that he was then permitted to converse with God and understand God; something he could not do before, on account he had been nothing but dirt. Consequently, it is only after Adam received this breath which gave him life, language, and comprehension, was he then allowed to enter and work for God in the garden.
To be continued.