In the 39th chapter of Genesis, Joseph–the type of Christ, the spiritual offspring of Abel–flees from the voluptuous embraces of the Potiphar’s wife. In the chapter prior, his brother Judah–the spiritual offspring of Cain, and the fleshly ancestor of Christ–did not vacillate in the road, but rather embraced, nay reveled in, the warm, inviting flesh of his own daughter in law, Tamar. In Joseph, we see righteousness rewarded with glory, whereas in chapter 4, we see Abel’s righteousness rewarded with a bloody blow to the head. Here, in Judah, we see wickedness rewarded in a different sort of way. Judah enjoys the fleshly delights of Tamar with impunity. With impunity? Nay! With more than impunity, for he–and his entire tribe–is rewarded for this libidinous ribaldry by being crowned the father of the Messiah, the ancestor not only of King David, but of the Virgin Miriam. Will Cain ever be subdued? Or will the wolf continue to have his way in the roads and in the ditches? Hear his lewd howling in the distance. He draws near…
When the LORD placed the mark upon the head of our father, Cain,
Cain was made to be other than the man, Seth, who
Had been pushed with little violence but great pain
From the womb of the Mother of the Living,
Eve, Mother of both Night and Day, Mother of All Contradiction and Wailing.
From her womb the seeds of battle were sown,
So that since that time the soil and the sky
Have cried out to the LORD for relief.
But no relief has come.
When that ancient mark was placed upon him,
Cain immediately went to the East
Far away from the LORD.
And there he went into his woman,
Woman of Nod, the Woman of Strife, the Woman of Violence.
And their flesh was made to be as one,
But Cain remained set apart from the rest of humanity,
For he knew he was set apart for destruction.
When the Woman of Nod took the marked Cain
Into her person, she was filled with the lupine ruach,
And her innermost parts were tormented.
And that dark ruach bore violence upon violence,
For no man and no woman can resist the thirst for lifeblood,
The diet of the wolf.
Lupus is fundamentally an a-nomic beast. A lion, of course, lives by the royal law. And even a hyena, which travels in packs, lives by the law of the jungle. But the wolf is a solitary beast, skulking across the steppes without regard for any creature but himself, and those other creatures that might fulfill his own limitless desire in some way. Thus, there is no law that governs Lupus. We certainly cannot describe him as autonomous, for the notion of autonomy presumes that there is some substance to the Lupine self. Rather, we must stick with the conception of anomie to characterize Lupus.
Within the framework of a law, or a code of laws, “honesty” always refers precisely to the standards established by that law. It also entails the correlative concept of dis-honesty. Thus, those who operate under the law must conform their own behavior–if it is to be honest; and the law demands that it is–to that of the external code.
Outside of a legal framework, the notion of “honesty” (and the scare-quotes here are absolutely essential) becomes wholly undetermined, except by pure spirit. Thus, Lupus becomes a law unto himself. A solitary, one-man community. Think, for instance, of all of YHWH’s covenants with humanity. Each of them applied to a multiplicity of persons, with the exception of the Cainite covenant. The Cainite covenant–the promise that YHWH will not put Lupine flesh to death–is made on an individual basis between YHWH and Cain.
Thus, insofar as he lives outside the law, all of Cain’s actions are honest. It becomes definitionally impossible for Cain to act dis-honestly. Thus, an adequate Cainite ethic will seek to demonstrate how pure spirit need not be constrained by the actions of the flesh, for all of Cain’s actions–both actual and potential–fall within the realm of (anomic) honesty, just as all spiritual actions–those performed by the Pneumatic humanity of Second Adam–fall within the realm of supra-nomic honesty, for in each of his actions, Second Adam both fulfills the law, and makes it irrelevant. Thus, there is no realm within which both Cain and Second Adam relate. Let not your left hand know what your right hand is doing.
The appetite of the Lupus-Cain is insatiable. He desires nothing more than to gently taste the contours of lupine humanity, which is common to all. His desire is for the hidden part of the Ur-Sarai. And he desires nothing less than to feed on the inner-agnus, which is cultivated for its fatness in the rational part.
There are two kinds of flesh, the clean and the unclean. That which is clean is the inner-agnus that is washed in the spirit of the Christos-Messiah. That which is unclean is the lupine part. When the Lupus-Cain feeds on the latter, he commits self-murder, but his heart is made fat.