. There's a Coppola film Rumble Fish... there's a scene in it where the "Motorcycle Boy" takes his kid brother into a pet store. He shows him how the Siamese fighting fish attack each other when they get close... He tells him that maybe the reason why the fish fight is because they're stuck in a tank... Maybe, he posits, if they were in a river, they wouldn't have to fight, because "then there'd be enough space for everyone" Keep that in mind as you read this: Taking this theory into account, "The Fall"... is the story of civilization... and the inevitability of conflict Read these verses in this light and see: "O Adam! dwell thou and thy wife in the Garden, and enjoy (its good things) as ye wish: but approach not this tree, or ye run into harm and transgression." Then began Satan to whisper suggestions to them, bringing openly before their minds all their shame that was hidden from them (before): he said: "Your Lord only forbade you this tree, lest ye should become angels or such beings as live for ever." And he swore to them both, that he was their sincere adviser. So by deceit he brought about their fall: when they tasted of the tree, their shame became manifest to them, and they began to sew together the leaves of the garden over their bodies. And their Lord called unto them: "Did I not forbid you that tree, and tell you that Satan was an avowed enemy unto you?" They said: "Our Lord! We have wronged our own souls: If thou forgive us not and bestow not upon us Thy Mercy, we shall certainly be lost." God said: "Get ye down. With bitterness between yourselves. On earth will be your dwelling-place and your means of livelihood,- for a time." He said: Therein shall you live, and therein shall you die, and from it shall you be raised. Quran: Chapter 7; Verses 19-25 It's simply a matter of geography... Finite space/resources, versus infinite desires/wants. In this equation, Civilization and Conflict are both inevitable... Because once you start planting apple trees, the natural instinct is to believe that the apples which grow on it, are your apples. The agriculturists quickly exterminated the hunter gatherers and so began "civilization." ... This, all of it... our entire history, was inevitable... We are geared towards it, like moths to a candle's flame. further reading @ Has the Garden of Eden been located at last?