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Humanity hasn’t changed much since Cain and Abel

Published:Tuesday | September 15, 2020 | 12:07 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

I may not be counting myself as one of the approximately four billion collective believers of Christianity, Judaism, or Islam, known as the Abrahamic religions, and all worshipping the same deity called either Jehovah, Jahweh, or Allah.

According to all their scriptures, human life began in the Garden of Eden with the creation of Adam and Eve, who had two sons named Cain and Abel. Apparently, Cain became jealous of his brother and killed him and was sent into isolation in the land of Nod, somewhere east of Eden. Although there were not too many single females available at that time, Cain somehow found himself a wife, and together, they had a son called Enoch.

The lesson sent to all Abrahamic believers since those scriptures were first taught to the masses is that there was good in the depiction of Abel and evil characterised by Cain. Believers surely learned that humans are capable of anything, with a man killing his brother because of jealousy.

Yet, all these multitudes of millennia later, worldwide media constantly report on the human race involved in acts of corruption, chaotic strife, terrorism, and violence, organised lawlessness, and mayhem. There are also issues of burgeoning homelessness, numerous addictions, untreated mental illness, and widespread poverty.

These are but a few of humanity’s ills through the ether, repeatedly accentuating a whole lot of evil surrounding us.

Hopefully, there is still some under-reported good news around in the modern world, but here’s my question for all those self-righteous believers who claim to know so much more than an agnostic apatheist libertarian like me: With all the teachings and preachings literally since Day One, why has so much of humanity changed so little since the time of Cain and Abel?

BERNIE SMITH