By: Fredric Rice
To: DAVID JOHNSTON
Re: Promethian Flaw
dj> A good teacher expresses himself in a straightforward and lucid
dj> fashion. Your sins are not external to you (not if you believe
dj> in Original Sin), rather they are hardwired into you from birth.
In HolySmoke we call it "The Promethian Flaw." There appears to be an
evolutional self-destruct switch in humanity which impells the collective to
seek that which will destroy them; even as they know it will destroy them.
(Which explains why people still smoke or pick fights with loggers.)
Various religions have attempted to create reasons for why the Promethian Flaw
exists, never really contemplating the fact that "why" doesn't factor into
evolutional development. (Self-destructive behavior must be an attribute of
evolutionary development; there simply is no other vehicle capable of
instilling the Promethian Flaw in humanity.) The myths concocted were done so
prior to the realization that evolution happens so the various priests and
story tellers can be comfortably forgiven their ignorance.
Most of the woes of humanity are their own fault. (Over population of a
specific area being a major one.) Some are environmental. (Desert
encroachment will eventually force humanity to huddle ever closer to each
other and will spark genocidal wars as resources are fought for... It always
has in the past.) Yet many of humanity's woes are entirely mental, springing
from the Promethian Flaw -- that is, springing from the evolutional
development of intelligence itself.
Prometheus stole fire from the gods and handed it to humanity, ushering-in all
of humanity's woes. Christanics modified the myth into an Adam/Lilith/Eve
mythos which explains all of humanity's woes. The belief of "original sin"
and of "sin" itself is merely religions attempting to contrive a "why" for
self-destructive behavior when there really isn't any.