Straight away, if I was reading any book I’d be screaming inconsistencies! In the preface to my edition it mentions that the Bible is great literature – I’m very much yet to be convinced of this but I have a long way to go and once I’ve started I have to reach the end.
Considering the knowledge of the world at the time the creation story is not too far out but what interests me is that power over the animals is mentioned and control of the Earth by humans. This need for power and control seems to affect people differently and extends to having power and control over other human beings too. Why is the need greater in some people than others, whether over a partner or family member or ‘friend’, or hundreds or thousands of people? I’m sure we all exhibit it to some extent or another (however much we’d like to think we don’t) but in those who exhibit it to a greater extent leading to the harm of others, is it due to their own inadequacy and lack of self-worth, going along the lines of attack is the best form of defence, or something else entirely?
Back to control of the Earth and power over the animals, humans don’t have it anyway; it almost seems to me to be preposterous to think we could. Climate change has always been happening in cycles anyway despite what manmade factors may also be influencing it now, the tectonic plates shift, volcanoes erupt. And humans as a species may think they are superior to animals but we’ve still mis-managed by introducing species to areas where they are not native destroying habitats and native species. Yes we can also do our little bit and every little may help but each little one of us is so infinitely small and yet different from each other – how could we ever all possibly agree on the appropriate way forward to making enough of a difference? And maybe things need to change and evolve, they are going to anyway whether we like it or not.