We are hardwired to make the same mistakes. Of course, we can be extremely creative when we need to reason away the consequences of our actions while we're in the process of doing what we know we shouldn't be doing, like there's an angel on one shoulder, a little devil on the other, and lo and behold: religious doctrine is born. All we need to do is flesh it out a bit and let it age a couple of millennia like a very special bottle of wine. Religious beliefs thrive on our split personalities, on the dual nature of human perception, on our awareness of right and wrong (which may differ a great deal from one nation or tribe to the next), on reward versus punishment, darkness versus light, on Disney incarnate, and if it isn't your parents who your voice of reason is saying will get to punish you, it is likely to be your other Father, or maybe just you, or so your inner-angel keeps warning you, but you're obviously too busy to even want to know about it. Ten hail Marys and the occasional whip will do the trick, so why not carry on? Forget about the IRS. So what if your children need to eat?
Big mistakes, small mistakes — when they're the result of urges, they are all the same. It's only societal rules that dub the majority of mistakes as innocent or actions to be frowned upon, while other ones are to be seen as unhealthy, unacceptable or downright criminal, making our mistakes seem to be as varied as the colors of the rainbow. But their basic architecture is the same. Wanting something is a powerful force. Time and again.
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