Showing posts with label Cain and Abel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cain and Abel. Show all posts

Thursday, 7 November 2019

The First Human

“I was Hurt in a FALL, You Might Say.”

The Father of Nations :
I like the way you call bullshit. 
So let me return the favor. 
The next thing you're gonna tell me is that you'll go and that I can stay. 
Because I know you didn't like hearing yourself just say that,
"Maggie's gotta take care of Maggie." 
I know those words are gonna choke in your ears a good, long while and you're gonna wanna make up for even thinking that. 
Am I right? 


The Father of Nations :
We lay our Big Meaties across the chopping block ahead of someone else's. 

It's ALWAYS for Someone Else. 

Both of us know, if we're gonna kick, there sure as hell better be a point to it. 
So maybe we feel there was a-a point to all of this. 
Alpha to Omega. 
Whether it's on The Battlefield or The Beach or somewhere out there today. 

Maggie -- She's carrying The Future. 

You're right. 
I knew how this was gonna end. 

The Father of Nations :
C'mon. Layin' your ass on the line for someone else, tearin' it to shreds for 'em -- 
You said it before. 
Oh, my, that is living. 

You're an idiot. 

The Father of Nations :
I never said otherwise. 

Thou elvish-mark'd, abortive, rooting hog!
Thou that wast seal'd in thy nativity
The slave of nature and the son of hell!
Thou slander of thy mother's heavy womb!
Thou loathed issue of thy father's loins!
Thou rag of honour! thou detested--




I call thee not.

I cry thee mercy then, for I had thought
That thou hadst call'd me all these bitter names.

Why, so I did; but look'd for no reply.
O, let me make the period to my curse!

'Tis done by me, and ends in 'Margaret.'

Thus have you breathed your curse against yourself.

Well, The First Human Being is a Murderer, 
and not only a Murderer, but a Murderer of his own brother. 

And so, you know, the Old Testament, that’s a hell of a harsh book. And you might think, well, 'Maybe that’s a little bit too much to bear.'

And then you might think, 
'Yea, and maybe it’s true, too.'

"And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord."

This is after Adam and Eve have been chased out of the garden of Eden. What’s really cool about this—I really think that the Cain and Abel story is the most profound story I’ve ever read, especially given that you can tell it in 15 seconds. I won’t, because I tend not to tell stories in 15 seconds, as you may have noticed. But you can read the whole thing that quickly. It’s so densely packed that it’s actually unbelievable.

Ok, so the first thing is that Adam and Eve are not the first two human beings. Cain and Abel are the first two human beings. Adam and Eve were made by God, and they were born in paradise. It’s like, what kind of human beings are those? You don’t know any human beings like that. Human beings aren’t born in paradise and made by God. Human beings are born of other human beings. That’s the first thing. It’s post-fall. We’re out in history, now. We’re not in some archetypal beyond—although we are still, to some degree. Not to the degree that was the case with the story of Adam and Eve. We’ve already been thrown out of the garden; we’re already self-conscious; we’re already awake; we’re already covered; we’re already working. We’re full-fledged human beings. So you have the first two human beings: Cain and Abel; prototypical human beings.

What’s cool is that humanity enters history at the end of the story of Adam and Eve, and then the archetypal patterns for human behaviour are instantaneously presented. It’s absolutely mind boggling, and it’s not a very nice story. They’re hostile brothers. They’ve got their hands around each other’s throats, so to speak, or at least that’s the case in one direction. It’s a story of the first two human beings engaged in a fratricidal struggle, that ends in the death of the best one of them. That’s the story of human beings in history. If that doesn’t give you nightmares, you didn’t understand the damn story.

Now, in these hostile brother stories, which are very, very common, often the older brother—Cain—has some advantages. He’s the older brother, and, in an agricultural community, the older brother generally inherited the land, and not the younger brothers. And the reason for that was, well, let’s say you have like eight sons, and you have enough land to support a bit of a family, and you divide among your eight sons, and they have eight sons, and they divide it among their eight sons. Soon, everyone has a little postage stamp that they can stand on and starve to death on. And so that just doesn’t work. You hand the land in a piece to the eldest son, and that’s just how it is. It’s tough luck for the rest of them, but at least they know they’re gonna have to go and make their own way. It’s not fair, but there’s no way of making it fair.

Well, you might say the oldest son has an additional stake in the stability of the current hierarchy. He has more of a stake in the status quo. That makes him more of an emblematic representative of the status quo, and, perhaps, more likely to be blind in its favor. It’s something like that. That motif creeps up very frequently in the hostile brothers archetypal struggle. The story of Cain and Abel fits this pattern, because Cain is the one who won’t budge, and who won’t move. He’s stubborn. Whereas the younger son, who’s Abel, is often the one who’s more…Not so much of a revolutionary, but, perhaps, more of a balance between the revolutionary and the traditions, whereas the older son tends to be more traditionalist-authoritarian—in these metaphorical representations, at least.

"And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord." 

There’s the first human being: Cain. I told you that the Mesopotamians thought that mankind was made out of the blood of the worst demon that the great goddess of chaos could imagine. Well, the first human being is a murderer, and not only a murderer, but a murderer of his own brother. And so, you know, the Old Testament, that’s a hell of a harsh book. And you might think, well, maybe that’s a little bit too much to bear. And then you might think, yea, and maybe it’s true, too. So that’s something to think about.

Human beings are amazing creatures. To think about us as a plague on the planet is its own kind of bloody catastrophe—malevolent, low, quasi-genocidal metaphor. But that doesn’t mean that we aren’t without our problems. The fact that this book, that sits at the cornerstone of our culture, would present the first man as a murderer of his brother, is something that should really set you back on your heels.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Kane's Son

The Creator does not care what happens in This World. 
Nobody has heard from Him since He marked Cain. 
We are alone. 
Orphaned children, cursed to struggle by the sweat of our brow to survive.

He looks like Phantom of the Opera.

I didn't peg you for a musical fan.

Oh, there's a musical?

I, that am rudely stamp'd, and want love's majesty
To strut before a wanton ambling nymph;
I, that am curtail'd of this fair proportion,
Cheated of feature by dissembling nature,
Deformed, unfinish'd, sent before my time
Into this breathing world, scarce half made up,
And that so lamely and unfashionable
That dogs bark at me as I halt by them;

"Kane's Son..."
- Ash
It's a Robot, Ash is a Goddamn Robot.

"You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you? 

The Perfect Organism. 

Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility. 

I Admire It's Purity.

A Survivor...
Unclouded by Conscience, Remorse, 


Delusions of Morality. "

It's a Robot, Ash is a Goddamn Robot.:
Look, what would you have done with Kane?

 You know his only chance of survival was to get him in here.

Unfortunately, by breaking quarantine, you risk everybody's life.

It's a Robot, Ash is a Goddamn Robot :
Maybe I should have left him outside.
Maybe I've jeopardized the rest of us, but it was a risk I was willing to take.

That's a pretty big risk for a Science Officer. 
It's not exactly out of the manual, is it?

When I heard talk of miracles, I dismissed them. 
[ You would. ]
But then I saw the birds with my own eyes, flying here, and I had to come.

There isn't anything for you here.

No? This all belongs to me. 
This land.
This forest. 
That stronghold of yours.
Did you really think you could protect yourself from me in that?

It's not protection from you.

Then what is it?

An Ark to hold The Innocent when The Creator sends his deluge to wipe out The Wicked from This World.

The Creator does not care what happens in This World.
Nobody has heard from Him since He marked Cain. 

We are alone. 

Orphaned children, cursed to struggle by the sweat of our brow to survive. 

Damned if I don't do everything it takes to do just that.

Damned if I don't take what I want.

One thing I could never stand was to see a filthy, dirty old drunkie, howling away at the filthy songs of his fathers and going blurp blurp in between as it might be a filthy old orchestra in his stinking, rotten guts.

I could never stand to see anyone like that, whatever his age might be, but more especially when he was real old like this one was.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

There Will Be Blood

"Perhaps it's time I wrote about Fathers and Sons, in memory of my boy, my precious Hamnet."


That's him. 


What's wrong with that? 

There’s a fatherly aspect, so here’s what God as a father is like. 

• You can enter into a covenant with it, so you can make a bargain with it. 

Now, you think about that. Money is like that, because money is a bargain you make with the future. 

We structured our world so that you can negotiate with the future. 

I don’t think that we would have got to the point where we could do that without having this idea to begin with. 

• You can act as if The Future’s a reality; there’s a spirit of tradition that enables you to act as if the future is something that can be bargained with. 

That’s why you make sacrifices. The sacrifices were acted out for a very long period of time, and now they’re psychological. We know that you can sacrifice something valuable in the present and expect that you’re negotiating with something that’s representing the transcendent future. That’s an amazing human discovery. No other creature can do that, to act as if The Future is real, to know that you can bargain with reality itself and that you can do it successfully. It’s unbelievable. 

• It responds to sacrifice. 

• It answers prayers. 

[ I’m not saying that any of this is true, by the way. I’m just saying what the cloud of ideas represents. ] 

• It punishes and rewards. 

• It judges and forgives. 

• It’s not Nature. 

One of the things weird about the Judeo-Christian tradition is that God and nature are not the same thing at all. Whatever God is, partially manifest in this logos, is something that stands outside of nature. I think that’s something like consciousness as abstracted from the natural world. 

• It built Eden for mankind and then banished us for disobedience. 

• It’s too powerful to be touched. 

• It granted free will. 

• Distance from it is hell. 

• Distance from it is death.

• It reveals itself in dogma and in mystical experience, and 

• It is The Law. 

That’s sort of like the fatherly aspect.

And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?

10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.

11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;

12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.

14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.

15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.

18 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.

19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.

20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.

21 And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.

22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.

23 And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.

24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.

25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Your Sins are Terrible

"If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door."

Well, I looked at lots of translations for this. Actually, the next line is, "And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him."
Yes. What God actually says is something like this…Things aren’t going so well for you, but if you were behaving properly, they would

But, instead, This is What You’ve Done. 

Sin came to your door, and sin means to pull your arrow back and to miss the target. *

Sin came to your door. But he uses a metaphor. 

 The metaphor is something like, 

Sin came to your door like this sexually aroused cat-predator thing, and you invited it in. 

And then you let it have its way with you. 

 It’s like you entered into a creative—he uses a sexual metaphor. 

You entered into a creative exchange with it, and gave birth to something as a consequence. 

 What you gave birth to, that’s your life. 

And you knew it. 

You’re self-conscious, after all. 

You knew you were doing this. 

You conspired with this thing to produce the situation that you’re in.

[James Kirk has just seen Clark Terrell commit suicide and Pavel Andreievich Chekov collapse in agony.]
Kirk: Khan, you bloodsucker! You're gonna have to do your own dirty work now! Do you hear me? Do you?
Khan Noonien Singh: Kirk! You're still alive, my old friend!
Kirk: Still, old friend! You've managed to kill just about everyone else, but like a poor marksman, you keep missing The Target!
Khan: Perhaps I no longer need to try, Admiral. 
[beams up Genesis components]
Kirk: Khan! Khan, you've got Genesis, but you don't have me! You were going to kill me, Khan. You're going to have to come down here! You're going to have to come down here!
Khan: I've done far worse than kill you. I've hurt you, and I wish to go on hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her: marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet, buried alive. [whispers] Buried alive!
Kirk: [exploding with rage, able to stand no more] KHHHHAAAAAAAAN!!! 
[cut to a shot of the planetoid] [echoing]