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I believe many people may be Cannibals.

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posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 11:27 PM
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What is cannibalism? By definition "The action of eating the flesh of your own kind.". If you eat the flesh of another you are consuming the material being of your own type. So doesn't that mean when we harm another, by stealing and manipulating for personal gain, we are committing a cannibal act? If this is the case, I fear that we live among many cannibals, and we personal may have committed a cannibalistic act. If this idea was more present in society, maybe we would have an environment where true liberty and freedom could persevere.

Just sharing some thoughts.




posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 11:31 PM
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Wow that's one slippery slope. If people expanded their views on what cannibalism is in order to include the things you mentioned then it would lose the harshness of the original term. You could change the word murder to the word steal but once the meaning changes the thoughts people have regarding the term would change as well.



posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 11:32 PM
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Originally posted by EmVeeFF
What is cannibalism? By definition "The action of eating the flesh of your own kind.". If you eat the flesh of another you are consuming the material being of your own type. So doesn't that mean when we harm another, by stealing and manipulating for personal gain, we are committing a cannibal act


If I were to break into your house, just for an example, and steal your TV, am I eating your flesh? Is your television made of human flesh?

I think that material goods and your own flesh and blood are two entirely different things. Although, I can see how you might make that connection. Too me, it doesnt make sense though.

Your own definition states that it is eating the flesh. Most robbers, killers, etc. don't eat what they take. I mean, they might eat a sandwich from your fridge, but I doubt they will eat your jewelry.



posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 11:34 PM
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I would be so pissed if a robber ate my girlfriends jewelry, that stuff is expensive



posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 11:35 PM
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Metaphorical cannibalism. Commercialism. Capitalism.

The list goes on and on. It's certainly food for thought.



posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 11:36 PM
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I respectfully disagree. A person should only be called a cannibal when they willfully devour the meat and tissue of other humans, not when they steal a pocket book.. that's just asshole-ish.



posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 11:43 PM
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Originally posted by isthisreallife

Originally posted by EmVeeFF
What is cannibalism? By definition "The action of eating the flesh of your own kind.". If you eat the flesh of another you are consuming the material being of your own type. So doesn't that mean when we harm another, by stealing and manipulating for personal gain, we are committing a cannibal act


If I were to break into your house, just for an example, and steal your TV, am I eating your flesh? Is your television made of human flesh?

I think that material goods and your own flesh and blood are two entirely different things. Although, I can see how you might make that connection. Too me, it doesnt make sense though.

Your own definition states that it is eating the flesh. Most robbers, killers, etc. don't eat what they take. I mean, they might eat a sandwich from your fridge, but I doubt they will eat your jewelry.


I should have clarified that I was considering cannibalism in a metaphysical sense. And basically yes I would say that. We have rights to own property, so when we lose that property you ARE losing a portion of your physical being. I mean If i were to "steal" part of your flesh, it may even grow back! Something a TV could never do.

As for the idea of "changing the meanings of words" I don't mean to say killing and stealing are both the same kind of stealing, but to forcefully take a life is stealing that persons life from them. No need to change words, the meanings are already fine the way they are. I'm saying that when we are parasitic or manipulative we are acting in a cannibalistic way and are becoming a cannibalistic society.



posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 11:47 PM
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The list goes on and on. It's certainly food for thought.


"Food for thought?" Uh, oh.......

I think we might have a potential cannibal with this moderator.....food/thought....eating/brains.......

I think I might be on to something.......



posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 11:50 PM
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"Do you mean, sir, that these birds are cannibals?"
"That's an odd question, young Master," the banker said. "I merely said the
birds drink blood. It doesn't have to be the blood of their own kind, does it?"

"Most educated people know that the worst potential competition for any young organism can come from its
own kind." He deliberately forked a bite of food from his companion's plate, ate
it. "They are eating from the same bowl. They have the same basic requirements."
Paul Atreides

from Frank Herberts Dune
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i agree, if you think about it in terms of feeding off of others energies [i.e.like wasting a persons time]
much of daily life and in much of what we call society you see a sort of sublimated cannibalism indeed.

S&F
edit on 27-6-2011 by DerepentLEstranger because: distinguished quote



posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 11:50 PM
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You got me!

I'm a zombie mod with a penchant for bad puns.



posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 11:50 PM
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This is my opinion. I believe that you may be confusing the cannabalistic with the parasitic. You must realize that many people have chosen professions that are parasitic in nature. The top three paracitic professions are lawyers, politicians, and insurance, closely followed by doctors. None of these professions would exist without feeding on you, either spiritually or financially. You can take this train of thought much further on to your cable provider, ISP, the police, every profession that relies on revenue garnered through your own shortcommings.

I don't believe that this paracitic practice can be countered without fully cutting yourself off from society. Have fun being consumed like the rest of us. You are not a consumer, you are the consumed.



posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 11:55 PM
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You got me! I'm a zombie mod with a penchant for bad puns.


I KNEW IT!

At least you came clean early on in the thread.....



posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 11:55 PM
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You got me! I'm a zombie mod with a penchant for bad puns.


I KNEW IT!

At least you came clean early on in the thread.....



posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 12:14 AM
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Originally posted by BrianC
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I would be so pissed if a robber ate my girlfriends jewelry, that stuff is expensive


Where do you live? I promise to leave the girlfriends... ahh... jewelry alone



posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 12:19 AM
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posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 12:27 AM
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this is a real cannibal

www.smh.com.au...



posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 12:30 AM
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You are taking awkward points of views here. Not enough information for me to make a clear decision. My opinion is that we aren't cannibals. We'd all be true caninbals if we were free. Many corrupt people would try to enforce laws upon us for their own personal beliefs.



posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 12:54 AM
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Depends on how you—or anyone else for that matter—convey meaning or intend “cannibal/cannibalism” to be understood.

Language mechanisms such as utterance, nuance, colloquialism, intonations, et cetera have a significant impact on meaning. But you ask this question: “So doesn’t that mean when we harm another, by stealing & manipulating for personal gain, we are committing a cannibal act?” From the standpoint of “sense” it seems pretty natural to make this claim pejoratively, as an accolade (e.g. he’s a rock & roll cannibal), or perhaps in some other sense that I can’t readily conceptualize. From the standpoint of reference, however, it doesn’t feel natural to refer to a thief or someone who manipulates for personal gain as a cannibal. Once again the “sense” of cannibal can be applied pejoratively (or in some other sense), & in one’s natural language that is easy to recognize. In terms of reference, however, cannibalism and cannibal respectively refer to a specific act (verb) & describes a specific abstract noun. Extending meaning is not unusual, but I doubt it is common for natural speakers of English to refer to thieves and manipulators as cannibals from the reference point of view of meaning.



posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 01:13 PM
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and which "jewels" would those be?
animal or mineral?



posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 04:20 PM
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Originally posted by BrianC
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Wow that's one slippery slope. If people expanded their views on what cannibalism is in order to include the things you mentioned then it would lose the harshness of the original term. You could change the word murder to the word steal but once the meaning changes the thoughts people have regarding the term would change as well.


Well that would be because cannibalism, and murder into stealling mind set, is not the root problem they all hold a common demnominator so yes they can all be reduced to the same thing.







 
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