Cain and Able
So come out of your cave walking on your hands
And see the world hanging upside down
You can understand dependence
When you know the maker’s land
So make your siren’s call
And sing all you want
I will not hear what you have to say
The first part of the quote we’ve compared to Chesterton’s description of St. Francis:
The man who went into the cave was not the man who came out again; in that sense he was almost as different as if he were dead, as if he were a ghost or a blessed spirit. And the effects of this on his attitude towards the actual world were really as extravagant as any parallel can make them. He looked at the world as differently from other men as if he had come out of that dark hole walking on his hands.
“Any scene can be more freshly and clearly seen when it is seen upside down.” (G.K. Chesterton)
“Bury me on my head, for very soon this world will be turned upside down.” (Diogenes)
and the second to Odysseus tied to the mast when sailing by the sirens’ rocks:
We went through all of the main points in the textbook lesson:
Sacrifices of Cain and Abel, seven generations of perfecting sin in Cain’s descendants, Lamech breaking the covenant of marriage, Seth’s descendants intermarrying with Cain’s depravation.
Accordingly, it is recorded of Cain that he built a city, Genesis 4:17 but Abel, being a sojourner, built none. For the city of the saints is above, although here below it begets citizens, in whom it sojourns till the time of its reign arrives, when it shall gather together all in the day of the resurrection; and then shall the promised kingdom be given to them, in which they shall reign with their Prince, the King of the ages, time without end.
This is Dante’s vision of Inferno, where Caïna is situated on the very bottom and by Satan himself. The souls of traitors to their kindred are placed there.