Just because you feel guilty ... doesn't mean you are

Here are some things Adam and Eve didn't know about when they bit into that apple.

Imagine yourself in a beautiful garden with a friend. Everything in this place is fresh, enticing. The smells are wonderful. No candy wrappers or beer cans. Just acres of loveliness. Your friend spots a tree that is loaded with luscious apples and suggests that it would be all right to eat one. After all, the tree is so weighed down with fruit that it might even be good for it to have one less apple.

You both know that the rule for that tree is: NO picking or eating. But there's no one watching. Together, you decide to take an apple and share it. At the first bite, guilt courses through your veins. Welcome to the Garden of Eden.

How do you plead?
July 16, 2001

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