- Kevin McCallum
Avarice is the cancer of the human super-organism
First let me clarify that by human super-organism, I mean villages, towns and cities. I don't mean an abstract global mass of humans.
It's striking to ponder the parallels between cancer and avarice.
Cancer creates tumours through a system of unregulated growth.
Avarice creates societal tumours through the same system.
Tumours grow at the expense of the surrounding healthy cells.
Large economic enterprises grow at the expense of small, healthy, locally constrained economic enterprise.
Cancer spreads around the body via cells that have broken off from the tumour.
Societal cancer spread around the globe through localized branches.
The aim of cancer is solely to grow tumours…the bigger the better, without regard for the health of the organism that it depends on.
The aim of corporations is to grow financial tumours…the bigger the better, without regard for health of the society and environment that they depend on.
From the perspective of a cancer cell situated within a large tumour, his world appears rich with like minded cells.
From the perspective of an executive situated within a large wealthy business, his world appears rich with like minded executives.
There is a rubicon at which the death of an organism by cancer is certain.
There is a rubicon at which the death of a society by avarice is certain.
"amassing the leukocytes of the human super-organism"