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Message 10 of 116 (749685)
02-07-2015 12:26 PM
Reply to: Message 6 by Faith
02-07-2015 3:44 AM

Re: Questions For Hizzoner
We all inherit sin through our ancestors...
I consider the idea of original sin to be among the most evil schemes ever foisted upon mankind by the shaman class.
The best summary of this I have seen is by Ayn Rand:
What is the nature of the guilt that your teachers call his Original Sin? What are the evils man acquired when he fell from a state they consider perfection? Their myth declares that he ate the fruit of the tree of knowledgehe acquired a mind and became a rational being. It was the knowledge of good and evilhe became a moral being. He was sentenced to earn his bread by his laborhe became a productive being. He was sentenced to experience desirehe acquired the capacity of sexual enjoyment. The evils for which they damn him are reason, morality, creativeness, joyall the cardinal values of his existence. It is not his vices that their myth of man’s fall is designed to explain and condemn, it is not his errors that they hold as his guilt, but the essence of his nature as man. Whatever he wasthat robot in the Garden of Eden, who existed without mind, without values, without labor, without lovehe was not man.
Man’s fall, according to your teachers, was that he gained the virtues required to live. These virtues, by their standard, are his Sin. His evil, they charge, is that he’s man. His guilt, they charge, is that he lives.
—Ayn Rand Lexicon

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