Independence from the supreme law giver.
Agreed, not all control is bad.
I'm granting that submission to God's law would result is harmony, peace, etc. But I'm taking it further to determine the root of submission
. In order to get to submission, a person must abandon a desire/comfort from being in control
No worries. I understand what you are trying to get at.
It's not a wrong idea. It's actually a good thought.
the key points.
One could say the root cause of problems is selfish pride, but would we not have to say that what you said here cannot work, because selfish pride is in all of us, and springs up even when we don't want it to.
So, if it were the root cause of problems, abandoning it - rooting it out would not prevent problems, but the fact that we can root it out, before it creates a problem, like opposing the supreme being, means that we can prevent an action - namely rebellion - from taking place, and causing problems.
To illustrate, take Genesis 4
. . .Cain grew hot with anger and was dejected. 6
Then Jehovah said to Cain: “Why are you so angry and dejected? 7
If you turn to doing good, will you not be restored to favor? But if you do not turn to doing good, sin is crouching at the door, and its craving is to dominate you; but will you get the mastery over it?”
You notice Cain was dejected. He got angry. Then he acted.
However, he had the opportunity to abandon a desire/comfort
"If you turn to doing good", was God's appeal.
We see this played out daily.
A person is angry with a police officer, or the government.
He can do one of two things. Submit to authority. or oppose it.
If he recognizes... and some people do... authority, that will keep him quiet.
If however, he thinks he is "above the law"... he will retaliate, as many do.
Thereby, creating problems for himself, and others.
I'm not saying selfish pride is not a root. It is.
However, it is not what brought all the problems on the earth. The actions did.
Selfish pride is the root cause of hurtful desire.
That desire can indeed lead to problems.
Notice how the disciple James puts it.
(James 1:14, 15) 14 But each one is tried by being drawn out and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then the desire, when it has become fertile, gives birth to sin; in turn sin, when it has been carried out, brings forth death.
Notice that the desire has to be "fertilized".
However, it is only after the wrong action is carried out, that the problem occurs.
If Adam and Eve did not choose to disobey God - be their own God, their children would not have these problems.
Since the OP is referring to the problems brought on the earth, then fittingly, it would not be improper pride at the root, but carrying out the action based on the desire to be one's own god.
I don't know if we can see eye to eye on that, but that's no problem. Pride is at the root of wanting to be a god to self, anyway.
I just thought of another illustration.
Say you really desire to fly, like jump off a mountain... and fly.
What would hold you back? Is it not your knowledge of how the laws of physics work.
Likewise, we intelligent creatures may have a desire, but knowledge of the law of the supreme creator, should hold them back from foolish action.