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Human beings are destroying the world Its a fact we all know Pollution is abundant we chop down rainforests we kill our own kind we steal lie and cheat and the list could go on and on Daniel Quinn believes that this destruction comes from something more extreme than just the notion to survive In his novel Ishmael Quinn believes that the problems facing humanity are do to mans knowledge of good and evil Mans knowledge of good and evil gives us the power to rule the world any way we please A God or Gods no longer have control Once Adam who represents the life of the human race took a bite from the fruit of the tree of knowledge mans fate was sealed This knowledge insured Man was born to rule the world 165 To man this knowledge is the greatest of all Because of this extreme knowledge man now knows What is right to do and what is wrong to do and what theyre doing is right 167 Now no matter what decision man makes or action man does it is the correct one Mans knowledge of good and evil and the belief in their ultimate power is what leads to destruction While man has the knowledge man has no certain knowledge about how they ought to live 88 What is good and evil is something there are no concrete answers for yet man creates these answers to please himself Because they have no concrete answers man has to go on ruling the world even if it means destroying the world and mankind with it 168 Man even while slowly destroying the world will never be able to let go of their power and give up the knowledge of good and evil For man to give back the knowledge they have attained would mean to spitting out the fruit of that tree and giving the rule of the world back to the
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