Most of the characterizations I have seen portray eating of the Tree of Knowledge as a sin.
Yet (I personally, with no validation for my surmise) would be inclined to think otherwise. My reasoning is:
-- Do we really want to live in Gan Eden. Therein, everything would be benign and "tam gan eden" would have no connotation of delight.
-- Coincident with this act is the "gift" of free will (I assume this exists). From then on, throughout Torah, man's choices are key constituents, if not drivers, of the narrative. Many times we blow it, but either implicitly or explicitly we are given a choice and sometimes a bit of advice: choose Life.
-- Yenims portray this as a fall, leaving man in sin until their purported redeemer comes along, and you know the rest of the story. Granted there is a thread of mashiac running through our heritage, yet we are informed that "it is not in heaven" and are exhorted to "choose Life." Which I interpret as: get on with it; no "Waiting for Godot."
Are there any traditional sources that support this opinion (Erich Fromm expresses such sentiments, but he describes himself as a well-educated nontheist).
EDIT Maybe I should redirect this a bit. Despite the downvotes, I am not oblivious to the fact that a directive of God was violated. Yet, this is not considered in the 613 mitzvos and further the word "sin" is not mentioned. If I'm not mistaken, the first time "sin" is explicitly mentioned in Chumash is in the context of the golden calf.
My question was, to reiterate, is there any mention of the perspective I mentioned in traditional sources. Does that warrant a downvote rather than a simple "no" or otherwise citing a valid source?
Perhaps more interesting would be, is there any (again in valid sources) discussion as to what the world would have been like if the command was adhered to?
YET FURTHER EDIT Here is a quote that I cane across that may be relevant:
"And it’s very helpful to remember Rebbe Nachman’s statement: 'Everything you see in this world, everything that is created, is all for the sake of man’s free will'” (Tzaddik #519).