164. Garden of Eden and social contract theory
July 19, 2009 § Leave a comment
Locke, Hobbes and others had thrown the church out of its central place in the comos and society. the result was a lack of an “origins” story. the Garden of Eden had all of us descended from the same parents, hence, related in the body of god or christ, and deriving rights and place from that idea. With the Garden story thrown out, what to do? So the social contract theory has humans milling around alone in the woods, meeting up, and agreeing to a contract to protect themselves from each other by forming a community of law.
It is obvious that the one story replaces the other while preserving much of its content.
This all hints that Garden World is talking to a key human intuition.