Deep Thoughts on The Fall – On Sacrifice, Dominion Over Death, Meat, and Murder … Beginning Our Apocalypse: 21st Century and Its Discontents, Part 12

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Kaleidoscope of Postmodern Life, Part Twelve: Deep Thoughts on The Fall – On Sacrifice, Dominion Over Death , Meat, and Murder… How We Started Our Slide Into Savagery

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Deep Thought on the Falls – Meat, Sacrifice, and the Determination of Death

The Fall After Eden—Meat-Eating is the Issue with Cain And Abel’s Divine Offerings, Just as it Was with Prometheus’s

There are more parallels between the Eden and Prometheus myths and tie-ins to the issue of meat-eating.

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Cain Killed Abel, Sedentary Farmers Superseded Nomadic Gatherers

ilst185Some scholars see the Cain and Abel struggle as representing that between nomadic hunter-gatherers and the first settled farmers. Abel is the “righteous” man, a herder of sheep, and a nomadic type. He has an affinity with planetmates being a shepherd. GOOD SHEPHERD 2Later, Christ is compared with Abel as being a martyr but notice also that Christ is known as the Good Shepherd—that is, caring of peasantplowingbelowcastle (2)animals, too.

We need to think of the different ways herders and agriculturalists might view animals. The herder needs to raise and care for planetmates, regardless that they will eventually be killed. The farmer can view planetmates as a means only to an end—as slave labor or soul-less tools to be used in the raising of crops.

The Gods Want Meat = The Gods Want to Retain Determination of Life and Death

And in the Cain and Abel story, we have the same idea of an offering of a meat and a non-meat to a god, just as in the Prometheus myth. Again, meat is the accepted and more desired sacrifice by the divine.

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The Gods Want Humans to Offer Meat – to “Sacrifice” That Right of Determining Life/Death

01-anonymous-cain-and-abel-offer-sacrifice-unto-god-duomo-di-monreale-monreale-sicily-itIn the Prometheus myth, it all went awry because Prometheus did NOT offer the meat he should have to God. As I said, offering the meat as a sacrifice is the same as saying that it is left to God to determine the life and death of the planetmates (animals), not humans.schwartz1_thumb And in Abel’s giving up of a lamb to the Divine, the message is that the humans represented by Abel, the nomadic herder-gatherers will be willing to not eat meat, to forego it, to “sacrifice” it.

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Cain’s Story of Not Sacrificing Determination of Life/Death to the Divine = Humans’ Increasing Control Over Nature

2_cain-abel-sacrificesBut with Cain, the farmer, it is all about control. Cain does not offer an animal. Like Prometheus he gives the divine a lesser offering—not quite a tricking of the divine as Prometheus did but close to it; he is not willing to sacrifice as much. In giving up much more abundant grain and vegetables, the price he’s willing to pay is much less than Abel’s offering of a fellow planetmate, a lamb, raised and cared for from birth. Palaeolithic_bedsThe unspoken part in this myth is provided by way of the Prometheus myth. For in not offering meat to the Divine, the assumption is that Cain will be keeping the meat for his own consumption…and by inference that Cain is keeping for himself the determination of life or death of fellow planetmates instead of putting that responsibility where it belongs—in the hands of Nature/ the Divine.

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Deep Thought on the Falls – Murder

It’s No Wonder Cain’s Making of Life-Death Decisions of Animals Leads to His Doing That For a Human

GREEDFinally, the controlling, savage, and murderous qualities that come with increasing control over Nature—as I have described at length elsewhere—show up in that it is the sedentary, cain-abelmore controlling tiller of the soil, Cain, who has become capable of taking now, even, a human life. In The Great Reveal, I showed why that also follows: For once humans became capable of killing and eating planetmate flesh, it was not long before humans were able to kill each other.

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Will “Progress of Man” Be Humanity’s Epitaph?

peasantsplantingpotatoesearly-villageBut all of these developments, these increases of control over Nature, are traditionally seen as the “progress of man,” the advance and evolution of humans. On the brink of ecocide and fishkillhumanicide as we now are as a result of these developments, we have a nuclear_explosion_color_3_thumbunique vantage point for re-visioning these changes. Are these vaunted human “achievements” so great if they lead to species annihilation, species suicide, and ecocide as is becoming increasingly likely?

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We now continue to look into these questions. And the very next thing we see is that even the myths from ancient times give us evaluations and prognoses on us that are surprising in light of our current rationalizations of ourselves as a species.

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Continue with A Re-visioning of “Civilization” in Light of Impending Apocalypse…Prometheus Made us “Civilized”…And Doomed: 21st Century and Its Discontents, Part 13

Return to Why Humans Are the Sorriest of Species … Apocalyptic Foretellings Hidden in Myths of Eden, Prometheus, Pandora, Icarus, Cain and Abel: 21st Century and Its Discontents, Part 11

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40 Responses to Deep Thoughts on The Fall – On Sacrifice, Dominion Over Death, Meat, and Murder … Beginning Our Apocalypse: 21st Century and Its Discontents, Part 12

  1. Cain wants control over Nature. Cain’s desire to control is projected on his brother Able which he is unable to control because Able has free will. Man’s desire to control Nature is rejected by God but this reality has been lost through time. If Cain had gathered his fruits of the field then God would have accepted them.

    Another reading shows that God is a bloodthirsty God that wants flesh sacrifice. This is the interpretation used by the Cult of Yaweh which took over as the Hebrew governing structure before the Fall of Ugarit (Canaan). This Cult of Yaweh is the one that committed genocide and that can be followed through the Pharisees of Babylon, to the Temple Money Changers whose cart Jesus overturns, right up to the present day with the Zionist International Corportist Banksters.

    • sillymickel says:

      Deep Thoughts of your own on The Fall. I love them all. They confirm and expand on my own Deep Thoughts. Very interesting. If I were to follow the paths you’ve shown me that lead from the trail I’m on, I’d find a fascinating journey there as well, I see. I especially like the way you follow the threads all the way up to today and the corporatist agenda. It is certainly the way I see it as well. Thanks much for your comment.

  2. sillymickel says:

    DOC ROCK SAYS IN RESPONSE:

    I don’t know if this is true as I know no Russian speaking people but I’ve heard in several places that the Russian translation of Chernobyl equates to Wormwood…..IIRC Wormwood was the star that fell into the sea that takes out 1/3 of the life on the planet in the the Book of Revelation. 350 tons of hot spent fuel rods at a nuclear plant sitting a few hundred feet from the Pacific Ocean is close enough to star matter to me to at least consider the possibility that symbolism and myth may actually be bordering on prophesy, especially coming on the heels of a GOM that had reddish crude oil in huge quantities floating on it’s surface after Deepwater Horizon (“seas running blood red” also in Revelation). I say this as a person with very strong Buddhist leanings and being a non-Christian “believer”. IMO this myth may actually be a reality. YMMV but if the containment building collapses and those rods hit the ground (and ocean in short order) we will all be very dead crispy critters……BTW there is no technology anywhere on Earth that can deal with this and according to TEPCO (not exactly truthful in the past) it will take 10-20 years to move the rods to another facility for storage. I used to think Revelation was a huge crock of sick and twisted crazy shit put in the NT as a fear inducer to scare the sheep into submission to the Church. It does not seem that way today to me….coupled with Terence McKenna’s Time Wave Zero theory, events will be getting very interesting in the next 6 months. I’m hoping it is all myth and symbolism myself, probably in vain.

    • sillymickel says:

      SILLYMICKEL RESPONDED

      doc rock, I’m with you on every point you make. I also thought Revelation an amalgamation of psychotic thought. But even psychotics can convey truth symbolically. Sometime they are closer to some actual reality as they are simply not “in” the cultural mold and have a different mold of their own. So they can see some things some more socialized folks cannot, though they will see it through a veil of confusion and paranoia. And then again, among the psychotics we will have thrown in some of the geniuses and prophets who were too far beyond us, their differentness was lumped in with psychosis.

      Long round about way of just reiterating what you say in your comment. I am writing these pieces with the perspective that you describe: myth isn’t science but it is the understandings that have been felt to ring true enough to be affirmed over thousands of years by diverse individuals–and they were unconsciously moved to affirm them. We have to ask why. Perhaps a farseeing part of them–one they are not in conscious awareness of–is resonating with them.

      Anyway, I thought your ideas fascinating, however chilling. But then this material is frightening in the extreme. It helps to think that it is part of some pattern bigger than us. Perhaps there is some hope in that which we cannot see as yet.

      I’ve loved Terence McKenna’s works, but am not familiar with Time Wave Zero theory. I will want to check into that, as some of his thinking has been parallel to mine in the past (he wrote “Archaic Revival” at the same time I published “Primal Renaissance”).
      for me to hear. Thanks, Doc.

      • sillymickel says:

        DOC ROCK REPLIED

        Revelation is non-linear which is what makes it so bizarre and senseless, Jesus dictated all this (allegedly mind you [;-)] ) to John on Patmos Island almost 2000 years ago so how could he tell John Deepwater Horizon blew up or TEPCO Reactor 4 was going to melt down, or talk today’s technology and weaponry, or Hiroshima and Nagasaki etc., he had to be allegorical because they had no vocabulary or points of reference to comprehend today’s world. From that perspective the psychosis boils off real quick to an extremely possible reality. Some other factors to consider: We are at the precession of the Age Of Aquarius from the Age of Pisces, there are 320Hz radio bursts being transmitted from near the Galactic Center of the Milky Way which happens to be a Black Hole, discovered/received by the Spitzer in 2006 and confirmed by NASA (google it)…there are 3 number based calenderic/Divination systems based in 3 different eras on 3 different continents that were formed totally isolated from each other on all levels that hit a wall and stop in this point in history; The I Ching, The Kabballah, and the Mayan Calender…..the I Ching and Mayan within days of each other the Kabballah Tree Of Life in 2015 or 2018 or so(not a student of this one) ….these were plotted out thousands of years ago all are Math based and have drift, fudge factors etc. built in to make them just inexact enough to be unremarkable to casual observation. Then there’s crop circels…

        All this tells me that there is some really big shit going on in the Universe right now that might be worth paying some attention to, or maybe to pursue in as much depth as Snooki and The Situation have been by the civilians trapped in the Matrix.
        Check out Benjamin Creme on youtube and listen to some of his lectures (his words ring totally true to me but I still am withholding a complete endorsement (99.998% however)…McKenna has TWZ lectures on youtube also. Pane Andov is worth checking out also and has some youtube lectures too worth hearing about crop circles.

        . Be well. The Hopes lie in the Sermon On The Mount the keys to surviving this are all there

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