The Fall
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Trouble in Heaven
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The Method
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Symbols of Self
Hard Problems
Flesh of the Gods
Free Will
Ever Beginning
Never Ending

Chapter 20

God not only foresaw the fall of the first man, and in him the ruin of his posterity,

but also at his own pleasure arranged it.

                                    John Calvin, 1536

As I lay on the bed, the next thing I knew there was a buzz, growing louder in my ears. It seemed as if I were in a big bright hall. The hall became long and dark. The buzz changed to the sound of rushing water and I was racing towards a light at the end of a tunnel.

The rushing sound waxed and waned, at first slowly, then faster and developed a pattern like a voice talking. I saw the largest most ominous yellow happy face I could imagine. It was Jay's voice.

"Lovejoy. We have a problem."

"I am doing very well, thank you."

"Lovejoy, listen! The serpent gave Eve the apple. You and your whole species is off track, kicked out of the garden. Do you understand?"

"I'm sorry, but this is old news. First book of the Bible you know."

"Well, up here it just happened and now you and your people are way beyond where they should be in some ways and very immature in others."

"Look, I know this. That's what we've been struggling with as a society now for sometime. But this Adam and Eve thing is beyond me. I was beginning to think you directed the hand that wrote the Bible. Now I think you're a fraud. I mean even the Garden of Eden story was borrowed from the Mesopotamians."

"Lovejoy, it's shorthand. The Mesopotamians had it right. We had arranged a nice garden for you to grow up in on Earth. Then Lucy let some trespassers in."

"Wait. Who's Lucy?"

"Another one of us. You call her 'Lucifer' and other names. She wasn't supposed to go back in time and change things."

"But she didn't change things. That's the way the story goes."

"No. You only think that now because she went back to change your whole history."

"Well, what was supposed to happen?"

"We were allowing human consciousness to grow gradually. The way we planned it, your knowledge would have never outpaced your wisdom. You wouldn't have had much technology but eventually you would have been able to get along with each other, and with the other species of the planet. As it is now, you threaten the very existence of evolution on earth."

"Our evolution?" Lovejoy asked.

"Not just of you, of plants and animals too. Your control over the environment has already changed that. You have become the ones who decide who lives and who dies; which genes may continue. Even the ecosystems you preserve become stagnant.

"You mean we were supposed to be primitive like some aboriginal group?"

"Primitive only in controlling your environment, not in your level of civility."

"So what happened with Lucy?"

"The trespassers she let in gave your ancestors something to speed up your brain's development. Faster than they could handle. It's against the rules up here to go back in time to change life at your level. It causes a branching of the world stream. Then somebody has to watch over that new branch."

"Kind of like an unwanted pregnancy."

"Your new world isn't at all what we planned."

"What can I do?"

"You need to understand how the apple changed your consciousness."

"I don't even know what consciousness is."

"Mindy's about to tell you."

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