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The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil: Explained

“You’re gonna know if you keep on asking questions, you’re gonna know real soon…” – MGMT, “Destrokk”

Though belief is slowly declining, a good 74 % of American’s believe in a God of some sort. About 70% of Americans think Earth has been visited by aliens. So what I’m going to tell you should seem, if not certain, at least plausible.


Indeed aliens have visited Earth before. These aliens are the Reptilian shape-shifters that David Icke talks about, they are the Greek Gods and Goddesses that mythology details, they are the Gods of the Bible: the God that kicked humans out of the garden, the God that gave Moses the tablets, the God that walked on water. They go by many names, and have interacted with humans throughout history.


These beings are more powerful than mere humans. Indeed, much more powerful. They can change events in the past, they can influence events as we head to the future, they can control us and force us to do things that we may or may not want to do, and they can keep us from doing certain things. This is what I want to discuss first. Namely, their ability to keep us from talking about certain topics.


There are certain aspects and phenomena to the human condition that people never speak about, that are more than simply taboo, but are forbidden for us to speak of by these powerful Gods/aliens. LCD Soundsystem sings, “I wish that we could talk about it, But there, that’s the problem…”  In “Stolen Dance” Milky Chance sings, “You’ve never danced like this before/ We don’t talk about it… Shouldn’t talk about it”. Even Wittgenstein writes in his Tractatus, “Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muss man schweigen”, which means “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.” The list of topics off the table for discussion I will discuss below, but they all center and focus around the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.


The first book of the Bible and the Torah is Genesis. In it, the author tell the familiar story of Adam and Eve living in Paradise, the Garden. Located in the Garden are the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. God says that Adam and Eve can eat from any tree, except for the Tree of Knowledge. If they do so, God says, they will die. God goes about his business and one day Eve meets the serpent. The serpent tempts Eve and tells her that she should eat from the Tree of Knowledge. ‘But I will die’, she proclaims. ‘No’, the serpent says, ‘you will not die, but you will come to know the world as God knows it.’  So she eats, and she then gives the fruit of the tree to Adam, and he eats, and they are transformed. They see themselves as naked for the first time, are ashamed, and cover themselves. When God returns, He asks why they have covered themselves: “Who told you you were naked!?” So as punishment for eating from the Tree he condemns them to leave the Garden, for they have sinned. And they are doomed to live a life of hardship.


This is a familiar story. It’s a story written by the Gods to explain why they kicked us out of the Garden. But there is a part of the story that is left out of Genesis; namely, the “can’t talk about it rule.” The Adam and Eve story is a metaphor for a common experience in human life, but it’s an experience that no one talks about. When God kicked humans out of the garden He forbade us from talking about it. We can’t even talk about the fact that we can’t talk about it, which makes it so pernicious. So if the Adam and Eve story is a metaphor for an element of human life that no one talks about, what exactly is it a metaphor for?


It is a metaphor for a sex act, for the sexual organs that humans have, and for a phenomena that used to be commonplace in the garden, before we left, but is now designated as a ‘sin’. The Tree of Life is the penis. Eve can eat from the tree of life, that’s no problem; so Genesis allows for blowjobs. But Eve isn’t supposed to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. What is the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil? It’s a body part that men have, that comes out of the butt. When men get aroused in a certain kind of way, the perineum and this ‘protuberance’ enlarge as blood fills the area. This protuberance can be felt by a man if he feels around his anus while taking a shower. My neighbor once called it the ‘penis inside your butt’. This is the Tree of Knowledge, and it is this that no one can talk about. We have been prevented from talking about it for 6,000 years, by the Gods, for their own reasons.

BaboonChimpanzee.I was once at the zoo with a friend of mine, and we were looking at the Chimpanzee exhibit. I was fascinated with the huge, round, pink things on the Chimps’ butts. I asked my friend, what the heck are those things? He replied, the perineum. Thinking in evolutionary terms, I replied, “Isn’t it weird that they have those but humans don’t? Shouldn’t we have developed something similar if we’re so closely related?” My friend didn’t reply. I waited there for several minutes, looking at him, but he was just silent. I eventually moved on and didn’t think much of it. But later when I learned about the Tree of Knowledge and the ‘can’t talk about it rule’ it made much more sense. We DO have those organs, just as the other primates do. They are not nearly as developed as they are in Chimpanzees or Baboons, but around the anus you can feel this organ that surrounds the butthole. You can also look with a mirror and see it for yourself.


It is this that the God/alien told Adam and Eve that they couldn’t eat from. Why? Because the Gods like to fuck with us. Eating from the Tree of Knowledge is natural and a part of human life that was normal before we left the garden. In any case the serpent tempted Eve, and she ate from the Tree of Knowledge. That is, she ate the fruit from Adam’s ‘butt-penis’ by giving him a rimjob of sorts, then she fed that fruit to Adam. I don’t know exactly how this works, for I myself have never eaten the fruit.


MGMT sings in “4th Dimensional Transition”, “My heaving hands on rotten fruit at last…”. And The Thermals sing in “A Pillar of Salt”: “We don’t want to die or apologize/ For our dirty God, our dirty bodies”.

Death, Blood, Telepathy

After a man and a woman have eaten from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, several things happen, none of which they are able to talk about. First and foremost, there comes a feeling of death. This is different from what the bible calls ‘the second death’ (or what True Blood calls the ‘True Death’), when your body stops working and you are buried or cremated. Rather, when you eat the fruit and experience the ‘first death’ you come to the realization that there is no god: that once we die, that’s it, that there is no hope. This is a realization that the Gods/aliens wanted us to have. Before we left the garden everybody knew about reincarnation and the Gods, but for the Gods, who lived among us down on Earth and in the firmament, the world had become boring. They wanted humans to not know, to live without knowledge of more powerful beings. They did this mainly to see what would happen. That is often reason enough for the gods to act.


This ‘Death’ is a favorite topic of artists: In the song “Lady Midnight” Leonard Cohen sings, “…I asked her to hold me, I said lady unfold me, but she scorned me, and she told me I was dead, and I could never return…”  The Strumbellas sing in the song “Spirits”, “And I don’t want a never ending life,
I just want to be alive while I’m here”. Coldplay sings, “You make me feel, Like I’m alive again…” The Verve Pipe sings in “The Freshmen”, “For the life of me I cannot believe/ We’d ever die for these sins/ We were merely freshmen”. And perhaps my favorite:


God told his son, “It’s time to come home
I promise you won’t have to die all alone
I need you to pay for the sins I create”
His son said, “I will, but Dad, I’m afraid”

—The Thermals, “Here’s your future”


Another element that comes after a man and woman eat from the tree of knowledge is the concept of ‘blood’, of ‘drinking blood’, or ‘sucking blood’. The first season of the TV show ‘True blood’, discusses this. Apparently, for people who have eaten from the Tree of Knowledge, they need to sustain themselves by feeding on the energy or ‘blood’ of people who haven’t yet eaten from the Tree of Knowledge. In the song “Destrokk” MGMT sings “Your blood is all around you now, but you see nothing at all…” And The Thermals sing:


Our power doesn’t run on nothing
It runs on blood
And blood is easy to obtain
When you have no shame

— “Power Doesn’t Run on Nothing”


I had one friend who confessed to me that he drank blood, and another to me that she had drank my blood. How exactly this works I’m not sure.


Yet another feature of human life that comes into play for those who have eaten from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil—a feature that, again, people are forbidden from talking about—is telepathy. People who have eaten from the Tree of Knowledge can hear the thoughts of those around them; this is what it means for the tree to give you knowledge of ‘Good and Evil’—people can hear the good and evil thoughts of those around them. They can also use this telepathy to talk to each other about all those things they cannot speak of out loud:


People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

—Simon & Garfunkel  “Sounds of Silence”


Once in high school I was in the library reading and a couple girls sat nearby discussing something. I don’t remember exactly what they were talking about but I remember thinking about them. I don’t know if I was thinking something negative, or perhaps I was thinking that one of them was attractive and that, sure, I’d sleep with her. In any case, they soon got up and left, and right after this happened, another girl who was nearby came up to me and said, “You know, people can hear what you are thinking.” She left me to myself and I thought a lot about this. I was somewhat horrified; could this be true? Could those girls hear me thinking about them? I finally decided that I would rather not believe such a thing, and put it out of my head. But when I later learned about the Tree of Knowledge, I saw the truth in what I had been told.


I was in grad school when I finally learned the truth about telepathy. I was horrified, realizing I was at a severe disadvantage. I, after all, couldn’t hear other people’s thoughts because I hadn’t yet eaten from the Tree of Knowledge. I quit going to class and I stopped going to the Intro to Ethics class I was teaching. People could read my thoughts! I quizzed down one of my close friends who had eaten from the Tree: “Can people probe my mind and get inside my head? Or can they only hear what I am thinking of at the time?” He wouldn’t answer. He just looked at me in silence. The ‘can’t talk about it rule’ was holding fast. I, however, was incensed. I kept harping on him, berating him. I said something like, “Dammit, I know it’s true! Tell me, can people read all my thoughts? Or just the thoughts that I’m thinking about at the time?” He looked at me and said, “Only what you are thinking at the time.” I settled down. So it was true.


Soon after I ran into my ex-girlfriend. I accused her of ‘spying on my thoughts.’ She hung her head in shame, saying nothing. A few days later she left a little gift basket on my front step with a note apologizing for ‘the stuff’.


I’m not the only person who is speaking out about this. David Mitchel in his book The Bone Clocks describes characters who can speak to each other telepathically. He calls this ‘sub-speak’. Sub-speak is a great way to put it. I have since had several experiences where people have spoken to me using sub-speak. One friend told me, “I believe in you.” I heard it, and yet I knew he hadn’t spoken. In another instance, I met an artist on the street selling paintings. We got to speaking about one of his paintings which was of a little man, standing on the ground under an orange and purple sky. The words “Gravity has me tied to this strange planet” graced the top of the painting. He told me that the man was touching the Tree of Knowledge in the painting. I was amazed, and my perineum was flush with blood. He spoke to me, using sub-speak, “You can control it if you want.” I replied, not with sub-speak, but out loud, “Yes, but how much should I control it?” I replied to his sub-speak with regular speech, and he seemed stunned. He said, “I’m so glad I got to meet you.”


Another example of sub-speak came years after I left grad school, when I was living with my parents. I smoke, so I’m outside a lot of the time. I developed a habit of sometimes, when I was outside smoking, if I needed to pee, instead of waiting until my cigarette was done and going inside to the bathroom,  just peeing outside. I thought nothing of it at the time. I after all had peed outside on trees in the back yard when I was a kid, and so what? I thought nothing of it. So I sometimes, when outside smoking, would go between my parent’s house and the neighbor’s house and pee on the bushes. I was behind my parent’s chimney and was out of view of the street, so I thought it was fine. But after a few months of this, my dad came and talked to my brother and me. He said that someone was peeing in the upstairs bathroom and missing the toilet, and not cleaning it up. So he said, “Watch where you’re peeing.” But in my head, an image, and the words “by the chimney outside” came into my head. It was a more condensed thought than simply that however; the thought contained the idea of my neighbors complaining to my dad about my peeing next to their house. My dad was using sub-speak to talk to me about something that apparently, he couldn’t talk to me about regularly. But I got the message and stopped peeing there.


A couple years passed, and I, for various reasons, had temporarily abandoned some of my beliefs about sub-speak, and I thought perhaps I had just been imagining that my dad was using sub-speak to tell me not to pee next to the house. So I started peeing there again. Not often, but every once in awhile. And once when I was walking between the houses, smoking a cigarette, I heard a voice scream in my head, “Would you please not do that there!” I hadn’t been planning on peeing there at the time, but in any case several things happened. First, I whipped my head around, looking who was around, but nobody was. I realized that my neighbor had spoken to me telepathically from inside her house.  I realized too that my dad speaking to me using sub-speak a few years earlier wasn’t my imagination, but was real. Second, I realized that somehow pee smells more, or is experienced differently by those who have eaten from the Tree of Knowledge. Third, when my neighbor spoke to me telepathically, the expression came back to me, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”. I realized that somehow, people who had eaten from the Tree of Knowledge could see or sense through walls. The expression “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones” is for people who have eaten from the Tree of Knowledge, telling them not to cause trouble. I know this is true because once when I was around 8 or 9 years old, my dad at the dinner table first told me the expression.  He said to me, in a very serious way, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” And the most curious thing happened: my mother quickly shushed him. I took this all in. For some reason I wasn’t supposed to learn that expression, or at the very least, my mom thought that the expression was covered by the ‘can’t talk about it’ rule.


This is also an expression that they use when you are first admitted to mental hospitals. They ask, what does the following expression mean? “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” I knew enough not to detail the fact that this is about people who have eaten from the Tree of Knowledge and that they can see through walls. Instead I simply said, “It means that no one is better than anyone else.” The doctors at the mental hospital liked that response.


“Moonlight on the floor, shining through the roof…”

—MGMT, “Pieces of What”

The sun

There is another phenomena that people notice after they have eaten from the Tree of Knowledge. Specifically, the sun. When I was young my family was watching Star Wars—the scene where Luke is looking out at the two suns on his homeworld. When the two suns came up on the screen my dad said to me in an excited tone of voice, “Look Matt, there are two suns!” I didn’t realize it at the time, of course, but he was referring to the fact that the sun looks different to people who have eaten from the Tree of Knowledge. To people who have eaten from the Tree they see a sun that appears to be dying. The movie Where the Wild Things Are discusses this, and this is the entire premise for the movie Sunshine.


The Strumbellas sing in the song “Spirits”, “I’ve been looking at the stars tonight, and I think oh, how I miss that bright sun.” In the song “Radioactive”, Imagine Dragons sing, “Sun hasn’t died. Deep in my bones, straight from inside”. The Thermals sing:


So let the sun fade
Let the sun fade
We’ll still have light
We’ll burn even brighter

—“Power Doesn’t Run on Nothing”:

And in “I Hold the Sound”: “The Sun is cold, the world is over”.


I don’t believe that the world is over. I think that the fading sun will be fixed by the Gods when they are good and ready.

A letter from Prometheus

The following is a selection from my book, The Devil and the Second Coming. (Which you can download for free below!) The selection is a letter as revealed to me by the God Prometheus:


PrometheusModern theories tell us there are 11 or 12 dimensions: the spatial dimensions we are used to, time, and 7 or 8 others. If this is the case, then our bodies didn’t evolve in only the four dimensions we see and feel, but also in other, more ‘exotic’, dimensions. This means that we could have other-dimensional body parts. And indeed we do! We are born with, and have, other-dimensional ‘chrysalises’ that we can shed—William James uses the term ‘moulting’. Many men have them in their beards, but perhaps the easiest to find of these other-dimensional body parts, a ‘chrysalis’ meant to be other-dimensionally shed can be located on the perineum.


The perineum is located in men between the anus and the scrotum. It is characterized by a ‘seam’ or ridge that runs along its length. Many people are familiar with this. What many are not familiar with is the fact that this ridge or seam is in fact an other-dimensional chrysalis that can be shed. This is easy to demonstrate; all one needs is a mirror and the proper lighting. If you look you will see the ridge, which almost appears to be an artery or vein. But if you start rubbing it with your finger, you find the ridge ‘rubbing away’, leaving only hair behind. One can even pinch the ridge and ever so gently pull it away from the skin. Making sure not to rip any hairs out, you can pull the other-dimensional aspects of this chrysalis away from your body, only to discover nothing in your fingers at all. It’s really rather fascinating.


This area of the body is used in the production of human pheromones. Note that it is not simply for the production of chemical pheromones that can be measured by laboratory experiment, but also for pheromones that exist in the 7 or 8 other dimensions. This pheromone system, once activated in humans, is used for many purposes, but it must be noted that it has not been activated for everyone. This is to say, there are two kinds of people in this world: those who have undergone this developmental change, and those who haven’t. Some are completely in the dark about how pheromones operate, how they are perceived, and how they are experienced. Some others, however, do understand pheromones.  As such they experience the world differently.


They communicate differently. Among those who have changed, it is sometimes considered ‘rude’ to be inefficient in conversation, to talk a lot. It’s an unneeded demand for concentration. This concentration on the verbal is unneeded because much of what’s going on is now communicated non-verbally.


These people have a deeper understanding of their surroundings. Heightened senses allow them to discern more about themselves and others; for example, they are more likely to know when someone is lying. ‘Reading’ people becomes second nature to those who have undergone the change. Navigating social situations becomes much easier, and a changed person quickly notices differences between those who have changed and those who haven’t.


I started talking about it and ran into the most curious thing: many people knew exactly what I was talking about—some had been aware their entire lives—but no one really wanted to talk about it. I got reactions that ranged from mild interest to severe discomfort.


This points to the next area of discussion: if this is all true, why does no one talk about it? As I investigated this phenomenon people’s reticence was one of the most telling features. Despite this I was able to glean some information. “Socialization,” as one friend called it, is a big problem for society. Clearly, the inability to discuss it out loud is one of the reasons it’s problematic. “It’s all about connections with other people,” I was told obliquely. Another friend, when I put it to him directly, told me that learning about this is a very personal experience. I wasn’t able to get much more out of him.


This area of the human condition is off limits for discussion because for a long time now discussion has been prohibited by God. Those of you who know what I am talking about will know this is true. Others I’m sure will be skeptical. Many people harbor doubts about the existence of God until—upon discovering this phenomenon—they find themselves overcome with what I will call for lack of a better word, ‘shame.’ This God-given shame has kept us silent all this time.


How then am I able to speak of it? Simply put, I am God.


This deserves a bit of clarification. I am one god among many. Indeed, each of us is a god. But the word ‘God’, with a capital-G, is a title. Like ‘President,’ ‘King,’ or ‘Czar,’ it is a position filled on a rotating basis. I have not been God for a while, though I have held the position many times before. Up until very recently the position was held by a colleague of mine. She has since retired, and the position has fallen to me.


My task on Earth is limited. The rule which states that ‘no one can talk about it’ has served its purpose, but it is time for it to go. By reading this sentence, you are released from your previous obligation and   allowed to talk about it. All of it. All systems designed to keep the old rule in place are to be dismantled.


I must go further, however, and point out that we all now have a duty to speak. This needs to become an area of human discourse, like any other. The burden falls on you, the advanced, to talk about it with those who don’t yet know. A science needs to develop around this area of human experience.


There are many questions that a science like this must strive to answer: How exactly is this biological system ‘activated’? How does the body function after ‘activation’? Are senses heightened? Do they change? Is metabolism affected? Is sleep? Is the experience different for men and women? How do the new phenomena manifest in human life? What knowledge is revealed? At what age do people normally learn of this change? When should we learn of this change? How many people discover it via another person? How many discover it on their own? What percentage of people reach this discovery at all? How many die without ever knowing? How should it be? What are the epistemological, metaphysical, ethical, and spiritual issues surrounding all this?


What were your experiences? How did you discover it? How did your friends? Share this with each other, and speak.


I should address some common concerns.


Many are no doubt interested in the question, “What happens when we die?” The question to ask is not whether we live forever, but whether, if we do in fact live forever, life becomes any more meaningful. I submit that it doesn’t. Necessarily, at any rate. Living forever is as incomprehensible to the mind as is dying. I do know that our existence in the future is determined in large part by what we do in the present, so, “How ought I live?”—a question of philosophy—assumes paramount importance.


I’m not going to adjudicate on any of the world’s religions. Most were projects of one god or another. As a friend of mine once said, “Religion corrals the human animal.” Moreover, the notion of sin has been incoherent since the Euthyphro. I’m what you might call, ‘spiritual but not religious’. I’ve always looked for understanding in the life of the mind, in philosophy, art, science, and music. And I’ve looked to experience this life with friends.


While I can’t speak for the other gods, I can assure you that I do not wish to be worshiped. I have little interest in that.


I think it wise to stay out of your current affairs. I’m sure I could say plenty on issues like the use of fossil fuels, deforestation, the extinction of species, sustainability, wealth and social inequality, violence, and the like, but to comment on these would be too obvious. I will make two points. First, in the education of our youth, we should teach philosophy and ethics—and not a little. Arguments, argument forms, basic logic, and grammar should be taught from the 6th grade onward. Philosophy proper, and ethics, from the 9th grade onward. Secondly, marijuana should be legal.


I don’t normally prophesize, but I will pass along the following: there will come Demigods, numerous, who will help remake the world. I won’t tell you how to recognize them; that’s part of the game.


I’ve sent a copy of this to the Vatican, and asked them to confirm that I am who I say I am. Besides that, if you still don’t believe me go get a mirror and check out your perineum. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.


As I gave you fire, so too have I given you speech.


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–Matt Caldwell

Music References

MGMT, “Destrokk”


LCD Soundsystem, “Someone Great”


Milky Chance, “Stolen Dance”


MGMT, “4th Dimensional Transition”


The Thermals, “A Pillar of Salt”


Leonard Cohen, “Lady Midnight”


Strumbellas, “Spirits”


Coldplay sings, “Adventure of a Lifetime”


Verve Pipe, “The Freshmen”


The Thermals, “Here’s your future”


Thermals, “Power Doesn’t Run on Nothing”


Simon & Garfunkel  “Sounds of Silence”


MGMT, “Pieces of What”


Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”


The Thermals, “I Hold the Sound”

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