Adam and Eve: Economics of Failure and Mercy According to the book of Genesis in the Holy Bible, God created Adam and gave him dominion over all creation. He also gave him the garden of Eden as a home to tend it and keep it. But He gave one restriction saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; "but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." Then God created the woman saying "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him." Apparently, even though Adam had help from the multitude of the animals that God created, there was not found a helper comparable to him as a human being. And so Adam and even lived in the Garden of Eden, an extraordinarily beautiful place. The Bible says that a river flowed out of the garden and was divided into four branches. The four branches are: the Tigris, Euphrates, Pishon, and Gihon. In the world today, the Tigris and Euphrates rivers flow from the Persian Gulf up and through the countries of Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. The other two branches, the Pishon, and Gihon are a mystery. As it would happen, the serpent deceived Eve into eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Then Eve also gave it to Adam, who was with her, and he too ate of the fruit. Then panic and trauma engulfed Adam and Eve because their eyes were opened, and they knew that they were naked. It is unimaginable the extent of the panic, fear, shame and trauma that they faced. It is like you and every one else suddenly discovering that you have excessive hair all over your face. In their traumatic experience they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings and tried to hide. They did not know what to do. They had failed calamitously. But God in His mercy came on the scene, and to their rescue, in spite of the disobedience and failure. This is a teaching instrument for bosses and individuals in authority that sometimes people fail in their duties and that even though punishment may be needed for the sake of justice and correction, mercy is also useful to prevent possible damage from cruel and unusual punishment and related unintended consequences. People in authority should always strive to minimize the social costs of crime and maximize and optimize the social benefits of mercy. And so you have it, the story of Adam and Eve is a clear narrative on the economics of trauma and mercy. Our hidden economics for you.
Posted: Oct 20th, 2015 @ 02:08:10 AM