The Cain and Enabler story reveals how self-aggrandizement and self-centeredness destroy relationships and self-respect. Like the Cain of old, the modern-day Cain is puffed up with an inflated, grandiose view of his self-importance, arrogance, and feelings of entitlement, demanding special treatment regardless of merit. Cain is filled with pride and feels superior. He is so superior, in fact, that he doesn’t believe he has to follow God’s desires. Here is the biblical story of Cain and Abel:
Genesis 4:1-16 (King James Version)
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?
And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
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.
And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
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.
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.
And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
The bible refers to the word hubris as pride. Cain was filled with pride. Narcissism is the word for today. My word is cainism. Whether you call it pride, hubris, narcissism or cainism, Cains all suffer from the same disorder—a grandiose self-perception wich reduces other people to things. If you are a “thing”, you have no rights. Cain can trample on you without guilt.