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The Forbidden Fruit

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The forbidden fruit.

What everyone wants, but cannot have.  Alas, only a select few are able to access the forbidden fruit.  Those who do access it are looked upon by those who cannot.

Some look up at them in admiration and respect.

But most look down on them with disgust, fury, and jealousy.

The thing is, once once is in the garden, it is unlocked.  Those who have access have unlimited amounts of fruit.  There is no limit opposed upon them, they are free to sin gluttony without repercussion.  Over time, eating more and more of the sweet, delicious fruit leads to an addiction of sorts…a hunger.

A hunger that cannot be tamed.

There are those who stand outside the garden.  They do not possess the key to enter.  Their attempts to scale the wall and access the fruit are in vain.  They are unwilling to accept that perhaps they are not worthy of the forbidden fruit.  They believe it is through no fault of their own.

They fail to realize the only way to gain entry in to the garden is to be broken down, battered, and nearly defeated while trying to get in.

The problem within the garden is that it is not soundproof.  Those who are inside feasting upon the delicious, sweet flavors of lemons, pears, and the rarest of all, the apples, are not immune to the jealousy of those who stand outside the garden.  They can hear the taunting, shaming, and overall rage coming from the grounds outside of their paradise.

“You are all fat sinners.”

“You are a disgrace to humanity.”

“You are selfish.”

At first, those inside the grounds eating the fruit simply laugh in the face of those stuck outside.  They think of themselves as better.  More advanced.  More deserving of the forbidden fruit.

“I have earned the right to sin freely.”

“It is easily accessible, for me – why wouldn’t I feast?”

“I am doing what I want.”

Eventually though, the insults coming from outside the gates begin to take their toll.  The ones enjoying the fruit may grow tired of eating so much.  They may think that perhaps they are indeed being selfish and gluttonous.  That perhaps it isn’t right for them to continue to enjoy so much of the sweet and tangy paradise.

Perhaps, one day, they run across a fruit that gives them a full feeling.  Perhaps it’s one delicious specific apple that gives a satisfaction that the rest have not.  For now, the hunger is perished.

Or, perhaps the hunger is pushed aside by the pressure outside of the gates.  As the crowd continues to build and protest in rage, perhaps those inside feel they should not continue sinning for selfish reasons.

One way or another, eventually, most walk out of the garden.  They hold one final delicious piece of fruit in their hand.

Is it possible for them to remain satisfied?

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  • January 28, 2014
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