The central myth of our culture is the expulsion from the Garden of Eden. This is not paradise… From time to time men and institutions arise that promise to return you to paradise. The Communist party, the Fascist party, this church, that church, this vision, that philosophy… They invite you to go back to paradise. Whenever you hear that, you should duck. You should run in all directions from this. … This is one of the sources of our suffering – this inability to confront the notion that we are not in paradise.
From Leonard Cohen Interview with Serge Simonart (1992)