Fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

― Genesis 2:17


If we interpret this sentence in a certain way, it tells us almost everything we need to know about personal morality.

We normally talk about the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  Fruit = consequences.  

Good and Evil can be seen as Good and Bad ― Liking and Not Liking ― i.e. the emotions.  Emotions are an automatic response and by implication, are self-interested ― what YOU like, what YOU don’t like.  

Knowledge can be seen as the ego or mind.  

We have the emotions ― we have the mind backing them up and justifying them ― but we don’t have the conscience ― concern for other people and long-term consequences.  This statement describes the id and ego working together without a super-ego.  A recipe for disaster. 

After Eve ate the fruit, Adam and Eve realized their nakedness, and were ashamed.  Then they got banished from Paradise. 

I think it broadly fits as an allegory for morality. 

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