Paul Staley says forget the Garden of Eden’s tree of good and evil. Modern man has become addicted to the tree of convenience.
In the story of Adam and Eve their residency in the Garden of Eden was subject to one condition: they were not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We all know how that ended: mankind's first eviction.
But that raises another question. Our banishment from the Garden doesn't explain the profound differences between our world and that of our ancestors. There must have been some other tree whose fruit we ate that set in motion those changes.
It seems clear that the modern world's forbidden fruit came from the tree of convenience. And once again, who could resist? People prefer now to later, quicker to slower, ease to difficulty.
The tree of convenience gave us processed food and the automobile. It brought us the long queue of goods and services that we expect to be available "on demand." It is everything that happens with the flick of a switch or the press of a button.