mark of Cain


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mark of Cain

God’s safeguard for Cain from potential slayers. [O.T.: Genesis 4:15]

mark of Cain

God’s mark on Cain, a sign of his shame for fratricide. [O. T.: Genesis 4:15]
See: Stigma
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Ovid prescribed for ladies: "Nor should they strain their sides with continuous laughter, but laugh with a feminine trill."(35) Erasmus would censure immoderate laughter in his comment on the adage risus syncreusus or "shaking with laughter" as "highly unsuitable for a man of character because it is clearly the expression of a mind which has lost control."(36) Control of bodily instability was a Renaissance rule of manners, reflecting ancient equations of shaking with insanity or evil, reverting to spasms as the mark of Cain.(37)
His father's refusal to enlist in the army during the Civil War remained a mark of Cain on him, something he had to expunge from his psyche.
That is to say that if Iraq is deemed to have violated any resolution at any time any other member is automatically authorized to bomb or invade it - as though it is subjected to a permanent mark of Cain. To carry the argument further, Resolution 678 would seem to authorize an attack on other countries - not just on Iraq (and, to carry the logic of Washington's position to further absurdity, perhaps by Iraq itself on other states) - to uphold "subsequent relevant resolutions." Is any one member of the United Nations authorized to determine what are "subsequent relevant resolutions?" Considering the interconnected nature of the world, what situation anywhere at any time in the future would not arguably be "relevant" to Security Council Resolution 678?
If we like immigrants, we have to take this mark of Cain off them, that people think that they're on welfare.
The man who earned two Pulitzer Prizes on journalism's most-scrutinized beat doesn't mind wearing what he calls the Washington correspondent's "mark of Cain: being kind to an official."
Because he feared that in his exile he could be killed by anyone, God gave him a sign for his protection (the "mark of Cain") and a promise that if he were killed he would be avenged sevenfold.
He made dances for "The Seven Lively Arts," "The Bell Telephone Hour," "The Kate Smith Show," "54th Street Revue," "The Steve Allen Show," and "The Ed Sullivan Show." For more than a decade he produced choreography for the Sunday morning staples "Lamp Unto My Feet" and "Look Up and Live." Such works as The Parliament of Heaven, Brief Dynasty, and The Mark of Cain were typical.
And pessimistic exaggeration, which he ascribes to Clinton, is the liberal mark of Cain."
For example, the Mark of Cain merits two entries: One under "Cain" with a paraphrase of the Cain story in Genesis, and one under "Cain, Mark of" with the appropriate biblical quote.
Blood was needed from the political echelon, someone to bear the blame for what had happened." And when the Kahan Commission rendered its verdict that Sharon bore "indirect responsibility" for the massacre and suggested that Begin fire him, Sharon warned, "If you accept the conclusions of the Kahan Commission, you will be branding the mark of Cain on the foreheads of the Jewish people and on the State of Israel with your own hands." Even Begin gets the back of his hand.
(Courtesy of Harvard University's Marshall Goldman we learned that "because of the large birthmark on his forehead, it was whispered that Gorbachev had been cursed by the devil and branded with the mark of Cain.') This kind of approach can be taken to ludicrous extremes.
Katy produced a number of award-winning factual dramas including Tony Marchant's 2008 Iraq film, The Mark of Cain; Jimmy McGovern's Sunday, about the events of Bloody Sunday; and Simon Beaufoy's 9/11 feature film Yasmin.