And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Originally, man was meant to have dominion over the earth. We are uncomfortable with words like subdue and dominion because it sounds like humans are meant to be oppressive dictators over the rest of creation.
However, Adam was not to be a dictator, but a steward. He had no authority that had not been given to him. He could not do whatever he pleased with God’s creation. With God’s intention in mind, we realize that in the beginning Adam was not called to be a gardener but a protector. His original call was to defend the creation, his wife, and the honor of God by defeating the serpent. Instead, he did nothing as the serpent deceived his wife. Adam did not destroy the serpent but agreed with him and joined forces with him against God, opening the door to sin and death.
After the fall, mankind would still like to believe that we are in charge. My children are convinced that they are in charge of our house. No one had to teach them this and it is with great difficulty that we teach them that they are not. We are born this way.
And that is especially sad because we are not in charge. We are not in charge of when we are born or when we will die. We are not in charge of what will happen to us or how exactly our children will turn out. In fact, we are not even in charge of ourselves.
…For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.
Man was to have dominion over all creatures and even the earth itself. Now, we have dominion over nothing. We are not masters but slaves to our passions and circumstances. This is bad news, but when we can admit that this is true, the Gospel becomes very good news.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.