Friday, March 25, 2011

What You Cannot Have: The Forbidden Fruit

"Nothing seems to be, nothing tastes as sweet as what I can't have."- Teddy Geiger

Once upon a time there was a woman named Eve. Eve one day saw a shinny apple. Eve wanted the apple but some guy, with a wicked beard, said she could not. Well to make a long story short, she decided to eat the apple (with some help from a "friendly" snake) and as a consequence fucked mankind for all time. Now I am not religious, but the story of Adam and Eve from the Bible is the best representation of the idea of "the forbidden fruit." I mean actually that is exactly where the term came from, but I cannot think of a better example.

I find myself recently struggling with this idea of the forbidden fruit. As humans we all want what we can not have. I think it is an ego thing. I think we all believe we can have what we want, so when something prevents it we want it more to protect our ego from "failing" and because it is more of a challenge. Whatever the thing is (an object, a person, etc.) becomes so much more special to us because it is not ours, and cannot be if we decide we want it to. It does not even have to be that we cannot get it, but just the thought that we are not positive if we can have it or not makes our minds chaotic and confused. It is very annoying, for you become obsessive over something that you usually would be pretty chill about if you knew for sure it could be yours. That thing then just becomes that much more tempting because it is not ours. We must succeed in getting it and as result obsess over it. Our ego needs the reassurance of nothing is wrong with ourselves. We do not want to view ourselves as flawed, though we are the first person to blame ourselves. Humans are just very insecure with themselves. We have a hard time just relaxing and letting things flow and work out. We always must be in control.

-Brandon

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