The apple was good. What the god did was evil. And therein lies the difference of good and evil.
We cannot be ethical without taking pleasure in each other. How else can we cherish and respect each other? To be ethical surely implies that we are in close touch with the music of each person’s thriving and potential for more beauty.
We cannot love if we do not want to give and receive pleasure, if we do not give with pleasure and delight in the pleasure of the giver when we receive.
A favorite Texas two-step of the gods is to forbid as ethereal god-the-father and then advertise as incarnate god-the-snake, just in case forbidding does not rouse enough interest.
We know that most wars and most suffering have been started for religious reasons. That is but an extension of enforcing suffering on those who want sun on their body and joyous lust for their lover.
We will not become good if we insist that goodness consists in suffering and inflicting suffering. “Thou shalt not” is the road to all evil, whether spoken by the gods or by acting without mutual agreement.
The religious hatred of those in the West who, with a cheap video, now are fueling religious hatred and violence in the Middle East is only one more chapter in the long history of the suppression of loving pleasure and freedom of body and mind turned to forces of destruction. It is only a quaint side-note to this endless intolerance of the love of life that one of these intolerant religious leaders, the Pope, now went to this troubled region to preach “tolerance,” by which he of course did not mean tolerance toward enjoying simple sexual pleasures, together, or the beauty of the naked human body.