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  •  Two things that do, (12+ / 0-)

    or try to, grow forever : viral infections and cancer.

    Both end up killing their host

    •  A cancerous tumor (7+ / 0-)

      will decompose along with its deceased host once it reaches the critical apex of its deadly growth.

      A virus will look to jump to a new host though individual virus cells will die along with the original host.

      Vulture capitalism is looking for new hosts in the 3rd world so I think the viral analogy is better. The thing is, maybe some of the viral cells that have been left here to die with our middle class can be made to see that this death is not inevitable.

      The question becomes, what is the cure and how do we then engage in prevention.

      48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam "Compassion is the radicalism of our time." ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama -7.88, -6.21

      by Siri on Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 12:05:46 PM PST

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      •  unless it's metastasis - depends what's the host (5+ / 0-)
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        A cancerous tumor

        will decompose along with its deceased host once it reaches the critical apex of its deadly growth.

        A virus will look to jump to a new host though individual virus cells will die along with the original host.

        I think these metaphors are extremely powerful for understanding and action. I'm so SO glad to see this discussion.

        Your reasoning of virus vs cancer assumes that the host for vulture capitalism is a country rather than humans on this planet as a whole.

        But if the body is humans as a whole, then it the process you describe could easily be metastasis of the cancer to another part of the body.

        For a long time I've been feeling the larger system that includes but is not limited to vulture capitalism as cancer. A couple of years ago, I was looking very closely - as a layperson, in discussion with another layperson  - at how cancer actually physically works and I was stunned at the connections to what I see all around me of how this larger system works.

        I'd have to return to the specifics of that discussion to remember the specifics. I do remember the intensity of my response to what I was seeing.

        I also remember that there was a part of that discussion that included questions about viruses as metaphor for something. That was less clear.

        I really do believe that metaphors can be powerful ways to understand what dominant culture and language gives us no or inadequate words to truly describe.

        I love that this discussion is happening here.

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