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originally posted by: ManyMasks
I doubt it's as simple as that, but any excessive does harm where as moderation seems to be the key to health I have found
the Biblical story of Cain killing Abel symbolizes the "Leavers" (those who only take what they need from nature and leave the rest) being killed off and their lands taken so that it could be put under cultivation. These ancient herders realized that the Takers (those who take from nature until there is nothing left) were acting as if they were gods themselves, with all the wisdom of what is good and evil and how to rule the world: agriculture is, in fact, an attempt to more greatly create and control life, a power that only gods can hold, not humans..... the Takers' Agricultural Revolution was a revolution in trying to strenuously and destructively live above the laws of nature, against the Leavers' more ecologically peaceful story of living by the laws of nature.
Abel's extinction metaphorically represents the nomadic Semites' losing in their conflict with agriculturalists. As they were driven further into the Arabian peninsula, the Semites became isolated from other herding cultures.... (and) illustrated their plight through oral history, which was later adopted into the Hebrew book of Genesis.