Adam and Maslow

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. -Genesis 3:6

You can almost understand why Eve ate of the Tree —Satan’s campaign against God, her second hand knowledge of God’s commandment, her apparent isolation in the Garden… But why did Adam eat of the fruit? If Adam talked to Satan about the situation, it’s not recorded in the Scriptures.

For the most part, Liberals are not capable or interested in hearing dissenting opinion. They prefer to quash it altogether. Barring that, the cognitive dissonance engendered by a reasonable and logical analysis of a Liberal’s unsupportable position, is often too great to bear. Rather than admit to the fact that their dearly-held world view may actually not hold up, and therefore face the horrible thought of leaving the herd, they instead rush back into the stampede… However, there is an even greater impetus at play. The herd witnesses that an outsider strolls among them — He of The Dissenting Opinion. The herd stares disapprovingly at the One Who Invited The Dissenter.Sensing his status in the herd threatened, the Inviter assassinates the interloper. “There, see, I don’t like him. I killed him.” Status secured. -Big Government

The answer is really much simpler than it appears —it’s the same reason crowd oriented folks not only drive out those who dissent, they even go to the point of defaming and destroying such people. Liberals aren’t satisfied with proving a conservative wrong, they must prove them to be eeeevilllll —because the key to maintaining their relationships with the “in crowd,” is to be the first to recognize the dissenter you brought in, and the first to remove the dissenter from the social network.

Why?

Because their relationship with the “in crowd,” is more important than their relationship with the dissenter. More important than truth. More important than the concept of truth, or even the existence of truth.

To bring the similarity home, Adam ate because he valued his relationship with Eve more than he valued his relationship with God. This is the power of the middle tier of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs —the need to be socially accepted and socially acceptable.

Peer pressure, in other words. A force for good, and a force for bad. The bottom line for a Christian is that no other relationship should be placed in priority over your relationship with God. Not the “in crowd.” Not even your spouse.

Get the relationship with God right, and everything else will fall in line. Get the relationship with God wrong, and no other relationship will work out right.

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