Man’s punishment/unfair terms

So, I just re-read the part of Book 10 in which Adam “bewails his condition,” and I just found it funny how he arrives at many of the same questions we did in regards to the paradox of God’s omniscience and his unwillingness to intervene when troubles afoot.

“Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay to mould me man?”

What a funny question!! Adam comes off as very bitter here in both the substance and phrasing of his accusation. After cowering I’m the presence of the Son, who has now left, Adam regains his nerve enough to ask “how can you punish me? I never asked to be here!!” The wording “mould into clay” makes this line doubly funny, as Adam is self-aware enough to to realize that he is nothing more than a blob of clay in God’s hands.

It all reminds me of one of my favorite Thomas Bernhard quotes: we don’t exist, we get existed.



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