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When Adam and Eve ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they gained the knowledge of good and evil.  Except that the good was outside them while the evil was within them.  Man is now influenced by evil from within his own will.    

Since Good was outside him, he had to search for it.  If he does not, he will not know what is good.  As such, he lives a life without morality.    

The immoral man does not decide whether an act is right or wrong; but whether it promotes liberty, promotes progress and if it is educational.  Instead of asking "What is good?", they rather ask, "What will it contribute to progress?"  They do not say, "The hope of the human race is in religion."  Instead, they say, "The hope of the nation is in education."  "We do not know if education is good or bad but let us give it to our children just the same."    

One reason for this state of affairs is man's inability to make generalizations.  Today, everybody is an expert. . .he is an expert in specifics.  Instead of looking at the entire person, the hairdresser sees only the hair and the orthodontist, only the front teeth.  When parents give birth to a child, they see only the giving of birth but not the good of being a man.  There must be ultimate values in life and this needs generalizations. . .for one to have morality. 







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