What does the title of the play "EDEN" mean?

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In the play, Eden by Stanislaw Lem, the title is originally given by the space crew to acknowledge the beautiful view the planet presents from outer space.  The title is also a reminder for the reader of the Garden of Eden in the Christian Bible where Adam and Eve are living in a beautiful garden until tempted by evil.  A reader could also interpret the title as ironic, as underneath the beautiful view of the planet, the space crew begins to see that terrible things seem to be happening.  Not knowing who on the planet is right or good  and who is evil or wrong, the crew decides to leave as soon as their spacecraft is repaired. They choose not to intervene and simply leave the alien world behind.

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