Tree of good and evil

Genesis - Chapter 3


1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.


One of the traits of people with Asperger’s syndrome (and perhaps autism) is a heightened sense of justice. That means most people don’t have such a high sense of justice.

For a lot of people ‘justice’ is something they mainly apply to themselves.

Once you get to the topic of good and evil, or ‘justice’, it is really hard to determine who is correct. In western society there has been a discussion between what we call ‘left’ and ‘right’ lately. Who is correct? Who decides on these things? Do we vote? Is that correct? or do most pople vote in their own interest, which is not justice? I think it has been established by ancient greek philosophers that democracy does not guarantee justice.

It is a difficult topic.

© Koos Swart 2013