01/16/2013 03:26 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Adam and Eve and You and Me


Adam and Eve. There has only ever been Adam and Eve.

That's it.

It is still so today.

Oh, I know. There are those who think the creation story in Genesis is a scientific account of the first pair in creation. Admittedly, I, too, tried for decades to argue and defend this nonsense for myself and others. And, all because I mistakenly believed, as many still do today, that eternity itself hung in the balances if religious people did not defend as scientific the Genesis account of creation; that the authority of sacred scripture itself was in question if I, and other equally misguided persons, did not guard the story as an infallible depiction of the creation of the universe.

In other words, I missed the point of Genesis entirely.

Then, one day, I woke up.

I suddenly became aware of this essential reality: whoever the ancient writers of Genesis actually were, what they were really trying to do in the story of the first pair -- in the story of creation -- is to simply remind you and me that there has only ever been the story of Adam and Eve, a story that just gets repeated time and again.

When we understand this, then the transformation of the world actually becomes possible; the changing of all relationships immediate, too.

Until we see this, however, we only ever see difference, distinction and -- their consequence -- division. Which explains why in our world there's my opinion and then there's yours; there's the Republicans and then there's the Democrats; there's the U.S. citizens and then all those aliens; straights and those "others"; the "saved" and the "lost"; the Catholics and its many "stepchildren"; the Christians and all those "other" religions; the... well, you know where this madness has taken us. The story of human history is the story of an Adam and Eve who left Eden and chose to live instead in a world of "us" and "them."

When there is only Adam and Eve, however, only you and me, then there's a kind of awakened awareness that comes to you, is there not? An awareness that you may just be observing, and so experiencing, what could be the grandest mystery of all creation, the most profound paradox of life itself:

When I, Adam, look deeply enough into you, Eve, guess what I find?

I find me.