The man (Adam) said, “The woman You ( God) put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman (Eve), “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.
In just one simple statement, Adam placed the responsibility of the Fall squarely on both Eve and God. The former for tempting him to eat the forbidden fruit and the latter for having created the former. And Eve, perhaps realizing she couldn’t use the same excuse, pushed the buck to the serpent.
Somehow, it is in our nature to point fingers at others when things go awry. Even from a tender age, we are already quite adept at shirking responsibility and feigning innocence (and it is clear from whom did we inherit this trait from).
Of course, Mr and Mrs Adam were not exactly wrong. It is true that Eve did gave Adam the fruit. It is also true that the serpent did use a half-lie to entice Eve. But… in both instances, Eve chose to listen to the serpent, and Adam chose to remain silent.
For some reason, we find it tough to say “sorry, it is my fault“. We find it tough to raise our hands and acknowledge “I’m wrong“.
Perhaps it is the fear of losing our perceived social status, of damaging our imaginary public image, of having our veneer of infallibility peeled off… and we pretend that nobody will see through our masquerade if only we can shift the blame fast enough to other people, to outside circumstances, to some unseen forces of nature or even to… God.
Maybe we are really afraid to discover we are really not as perfect as we think….
Happier times in Eden.