Adam tempted into knowledge, Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1531
This time as as a personalised narrative
(Previous blog) Beginning, always
There was nothing before or after the beginning
The beginning is a constant, now, in my thinking; it is simply life.
There’s nothing outside my thinking, that is, nothing but death; believe me, I’ve been there. It’s a world where thoughts are reflected back as entities in their own right, with existences in their own right, a world where the abstract takes on the appearance of the concrete, where living thinking is objectified as dead matter.
I was once there, before the beginning, where there is unity, one nothing.
I wasn’t the first in there; Satan beat me to it, seeking freedom from the Logos. The One, the indiscriminate Oneness, was the realm of the Devil and the Devil’s children, and remains so.
From there, Satan used Eve to tempt Adam into knowledge, meaning knowledge of the objective world, into which both were condemned. They objectivised each other and were ashamed of what they wanted, but shame never stopped them wanting. They believed they could pick and choose their way through the seemingly ready-made material options laid out before them.
Yes, I was there, thrown into this reflected world at birth: a fallen state, but I knew no other. I return still.
Satan tempted Christ to his realm, where power might be exerted over a temporal world; you know, stones into bread, defying gravity, ruling over nations. Christ’s rejection of Satan was an assertion of the point I made above, that there’s nothing outside my thinking, that is, nothing but death.
© John Dunn.