A Serpent in the City of Apples
“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ And the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Gen. 3:1-4
The Serpent was wily enough to misinterpret the one law that was set down for the first pioneer settlers of this planet Earth besides telling the First Couple to be fruitful and multiply. So too do misinterpretations of RULE OF LAW abound on our campus that was formerly a Communist party school which happened to be anti-family, anti-freedom and anti-truth. The serpent still prowls around our campus that is supposedly the Tree of Knowledge in the City of Apples and the rest of Kazakhstan.
I believe the serpent doesn’t want anyone to know how to cite other people’s research correctly [better known as plagiarism] and also the serpent is VERY into Vanity Press publications and publishing “scholarly articles” on the Internet. Unfortunately for him and others of his ilk, there is good reason to have one’s writings peer-reviewed and not put on the Web that might be here today and gone tomorrow. The serpent will ultimately be stamped out and crushed under the foot of Truth.
Perhaps there is good reason for the Kazakhs, in the City of Apples, and in the rest of Kazakhstan to be skeptical of change, especially rapid change according to Mukhamet Shayakhmetov, the author of “The Silent Steppe: A Story of a Kazakh Nomad under Stalin.” He wrote that his people need to keep up with the changing times when he laments on p. 147 The way we Kazakhs have always clung to the past has proved disastrous for our people – and yet this stubborn habit still sometimes obtains [remains] at the start of the twenty-first century. To say that the fear of innovation hampers our development and leaves us lagging behind is an understatement.
However, Shayakhmetov knew only too well the ills of communism that tore his own family apart during the collectivization period of seventy years ago. On page 170 he wrote: Apart from consistently not having enough to eat, what drove my uncle to despair was the way Communism had undermined the foundations of family life.
Unfortunately, there is something more insidious lurking around the “hallowed” halls of our institution of higher learning in the City of Apples. One particular serpent who is known for sexual harassment is also known for his e-mail harassment by restructuring and misinterpreting the understood “givens” where RULE OF LAW presides in real democracies. Apparently there are too many Alpha males without their wives or families (if they have any?) residing at our university, need I say more?
No, Eve is not to be blamed for the ultimate fall of man, the serpent is. Sexual harassment started at the beginning when the serpent beguiled Eve with his cunning questions about God’s ultimate authority in the Garden. Some of you dear readers may dismiss the Genesis story but those of you trying to do your job of teaching and researching for the benefit of the glorious nation of Kazakhstan in the City of Apples know of what I write.