Eggie (6) and I are reading Genesis 4. This is the story of Cain and Abel. In case you were ditching Sunday school when they went over it, Cain and Abel are Adam and Eve’s first children. They’re both farmers: Cain farms plants, Abel farms animals. When they go to give God some of the fruits of their labor, God says, “Wow, good job Abel!” and “Ugh, try harder Cain.” Cain doesn’t like that, gets jealous, kills Abel and is theretofore cursed and banished.
I think this is one of the most compelling mythologies of western man. It talks about our basic pull towards rivalry. That we want to be better than those around us and that we hate to be worse, that we seek affirmation from our parents (or their surrogates), and that we can become very, very dark when we are injured by rejection.
I’m still working out how to write about this shady chapter. But for now, I want to share a really good question that the Egg asked, “Did Cain use a regular voice or a sneaky voice when he told Abel to go to the fields?” Regular voice, he explains, is of course just regular voice. But “sneaky voice”? Well, think Dracula’s airy “I vant to suck your blood.” Or, maybe even better, think Glenn Danzig: