So I wrote this almost two years ago, and I thought it was appropriate:
So this might be really stupid, but I’ve just been thinking.. and listening to One Republic. Who invented secrets anyway? Why do people even think to hide something from someone else? I think it’s been established that the reasons why most people keep secrets are shame and fear. When you think of it that way, it means that secrets came after the fall. No, I don’t mean someone just tripped and fell one day and decided to keep it a secret because they were embarrassed. I mean ‘the fall’ as in the one fateful day thousands of years ago when Adam and Eve sinned. It says in Genesis 2:25 that “the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.” That was before ‘the fall’. I wonder what it was like to live back then. Wouldn’t that be amazing?
To know no shame. It’s hardly fathomable. So many people hide behind their guilt, unable to confidently shine who they are, perhaps even unsure who they are. They tell people what they want to hear, afraid to voice an opinion. Shame causes people to do or not do so many things.
Unfortunately, Adam and Eve are the only people to have ever experienced that sort of freedom. As soon as they sinned they felt shame, searching everywhere they could for some sort of clothing to cover up their fear. They knew it was what they did that brought about the unease. Are we that way? Is it just the realization that we’ve done something bad that sends us into a chronic frenzy of covering it up? Yes. I think it definitely is. I’m sort of trying to stretch my mind around this right now. It’s much more complicated if you really delve into the schematics of it.
If we had not shame, we’d have no secrets. If we had no secrets, think of how the world would be.