The Mark of Cain and the Mark of Pain
In this story, there are two brothers who represent the first two occupations of the nascent Agrarian Culture, when humans first took control of the Food Supply.
Cain is the Farmer who tills the fields. Abel is the Herdsman who tends the flocks.
At the County Fair, Abel's succulent lamb chops take the Blue Ribbon, while Cain's soggy platter of suffering succotash is rudely dissed by the judges. In a foolish fit of jealousy, Farmer Cain rises up in anger and butchers the Herdsman, Abel.
This unexpected turn of events — the first murder in the nascent Agrarian Culture — is a bit of scandal. Cain, the surviving murderer now fears retribution by the aggrieved Meat Lovers of the Fertile Crescent.
To forestall a civil war between the Meat Eaters and the Vegetarians, Farmer Cain is obliged to wear a visible sign on his forehead, a stigma known as the Mark of Cain.
The Mark of Cain is a mark of stain, a sign of anguish and remorse.
Today, miscreants in our culture no longer wear stigmatic Marks of Cain on the outside of their skin. But many who have been stained by haphazard misadventures wear Marks of Pain on the inside.
Can you recognize someone who has been traumatized, stigmatized, or victimized by an unfortunate misadventure?
Can you recognize an anguished Mark of Pain on the soul of a fellow traveler?