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Who wrote the Bible?
Who considers God to be both omnipotent and wholly good?
Who had become human by learning ‘to tell good from evil’?
Does evil even exist outside our minds? Is anything actually evil unless considered so by one of us?

And no, I’m not hair-splitting when speaking about the huge difference between bad and evil!
An earthquake, for example, is bad for those affected. Yet no evil is involved here but for those who ‘question God’s actions’.
An individual who tortures animals for fun is also bad. Arguably less so than a major earthquake… but for everybody in their right mind that person is undoubtedly evil!

According to the Bible written by some of our ancestors, by “knowing good and evil” we have become “one of us“. “Like one of us“… Not (yet?!?) able to “live forever” and for certain ignorant of most things.

‘What?!? “Ignorant of most things” yet still “knowing good and evil”?!?’

Yep!

A more relaxed reader of the Bible may notice that what’s written there recounts, symbolically, the becoming of Man. The foremost apes notice the difference between night and day. And name both. The difference between ocean and dry land. And name them both. Notice the stars above and the living things, plants and animals, with whom they share the place. And name them all.
“Apes”, not ape, because nobody can learn to speak by oneself. Nor become self aware. As in ‘able to observe oneself while observing other things’. (Maturana, 2005)

That same relaxed reader may also notice that the very ‘fallen nature’ of Man stems from the ‘inconsistency’ noticed above.

We’re basically ignorant yet still able to call out evil!

Oops…

Humberto Maturana, “The origin and conservation of self consciousness…”, 2005, https://cepa.info/702

James Garvey, “Ethics is invented, not encountered…”, 2017, https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/philosophy/ethics-is-invented-not-encountered-why-the-philosophy-of-jl-mackie-remains-essential-reading

The more you know, the longer the ‘border’ becomes.
What you don’t know, remains more or less the same. There’s so much there, that what you learn never more than dents it.
The longer the border, the less aware of it you become.

The wider your knowledge, the more comfortable you become.
The wider your knowledge, the further away your inner self is from the ‘unknown’.

The wider your knowledge, the more complacent you tend to become.
Why bother to deepen your knowledge if you no longer feel threatened by ‘wilderness’?

The more you know, the more you tend to ignore… for the simple reason that acknowledging what you don’t know is bad for your self esteem, specially if you consider yourself to be knowledgeable.

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“Shooters storm Paris headquarters of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which has stoked Islamist anger over its depictions of the Prophet”

In 1914 WWI started just because European countries had backed themselves into so tight corners that they weren’t able to ‘leave them behind’ and ‘come up into the open space where some mutual ground could have been found’  while the entire ‘house’ ‘went up in flames’.

So what do we do now, a century later?

Some people heap ‘fun’ (?!?) on the ‘others’ and ‘the others’ reply with bullets.

Regardless on which side of the many divides that crisscross our society (societies) each of us belongs to we all try to find explanations, and culprits, for what is happening. Only none of the explanations that have been proposed until now has been found acceptable ‘for the other side’.

I propose something else.

If we look closer all this can be boiled down to (mutual) ignorance intensified by intolerance and arrogance.
While real people bleed in the streets some callous puppeteers/mindless ‘activists’, from all sides, laugh contentedly in their hideouts and plan new ways to prod the rest of us into even more reckless extreme actions.

There are two ways out of here.
We can fight it off, like the Germans and the French did. But they needed 150 years of gruesome warfare (from the Napoleonic wars to the end of WWII) to understand that there were no insurmountable differences between them.
Or we could try something new.

All we need is some mutual respect. The rest would come naturally.

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