A strange and disturbing character pops up in religion and folklore around the world and throughout history: the curious and disobedient woman. A god/wizard gives a woman total freedom, with one exception—the one thing she must not do/eat/see. She battles briefly with her curiosity and loses, opening/eating the door/jar/box/apple and thereby spoiling everything for everybody.
Curiosity didn’t just kill the cat, you see. It unleashed disease, misery, war, and death on the world and got us evicted from a Paradise of blank incuriosity and unthinking obedience.
Traditional religion isn’t the source of human hatreds, fears, and prejudices so much as a repository for them, the place we put them for ...