The story goes like this. Adam and Eve are in a garden where they can eat from any tree, save one. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil. So of course they eventually do what every one of us would do; they eat from the tree they were told not to. Now they know good and evil. Now they must suffer.

This story presents us with the means of our downfall and suffering; but does it at the same time present us with the obvious means to our restoration? If knowing good and evil got us kicked out of Eden, what do we need to do to return?

I hope the answer is obvious.

The first 10 minutes is pretty funny and enlightening.  A discussion of why to choose one religion over another.

I had a dream today, then I went to bed.

I killed a man today
With a thousand stabs.
He accused me of such awful crimes
Things I could have never done.
So he deserved to die
For lies upon lies.

I thought he was dead
but still he breathes.
A thousand stabs
Still not enough.
This man is amazing
Strong beyond belief.

But still, he is vulnerable
While I am not.
I cannot kill this man
Because he is not alive.

An imagined enemy, an imagined fight.

Do not judge so that you will not be judged.  For by the standard you judge you will be judged, and the measure you use will be the measure you receive.  Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye, but fail to see the beam of wood in your own?  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye,’ while there is a beam in your own?  You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

– Matthew 7:1-5

Do not judge.  I think he meant it literally.  Until you’re perfect, you’re incapable of accurate judgement.  And I imagine that once you’re perfect, judgement will hold no meaning.

The Tao that can be trodden is not the enduring and unchanging Tao. The name that can be named is not the enduring and unchanging name.

– Laozi

This is the opening to the Tao Te Ching which I’ve found to be a great read.  A bit cryptic at times (at least for me), but it echos my beliefs.

http://www.with.org/tao_te_ching_en.pdf

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/216

It has been my experience that those with no vices have very few virtues.

They just haven’t lived enough to have enough true virtues.

For living, truly living, means encountering vices which hold you so dearly that you never leave them. And continuing to live with those vices is what develops true virtues.

A man cannot be considered strong unless he’s been battle tested. And a person cannot have true virtues unless they’ve been tested with vices they cannot resist.

This is what I know.

– Abraham Lincoln

Whether he actually wrote this or not, I don’t care.  It has meaning to me.