Here's another Eden Lost commentary from a person who apparently misses America's morally better days, when the whole town turned out for a lynching.</sarc>
Eden Lost narratives and complementary Promised Land or restoration narratives arise from the universal human need to find meaning, purpose and hope in the face of inevitable loss. These narratives contain elements of denial, and by that I don't mean that these stories are intrinsically bad, but denial can open the door to some pretty bad things. Cults and brutal tribal warfare immediately come to mind. On the other hand, people living in abject misery may need narrative support for the conviction that survival and restoration are possible.
I was thinking of fairy tales and it occurred to me that the Wizard of Oz offers a somewhat Buddhist interior solution to the problem of loss and restoration, but I say that hesitantly because I know next to nothing about Buddhism. The religious traditions with which I'm more familiar stress both interior and exterior solutions, the latter being potentially dangerous to others because of the the human tendency to attribute agency to events, as well as the more pernicious capacity to disavow and project what is unwanted in ourselves. So you probably wouldn't want to be the goat that was walking across the village green just as the town hall burned down in a community of people who hated the mayor and harbored unconscious death wishes against her.
Then there is psychoanalysis, which is interesting because it can attract so much condemnation, yet I've never known analysts to kill goats, burn witches or fly airliners into buildings. But they might be known for their potential to disrupt the disavowal and projection of inner demons, which some people might not like, even if they only vaguely sense that analysts do this sometimes.