The Cancer Cell

(Written July 18th & October 24th, 2012)

“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.”
~Edward Abbey

Without direction, without purpose? That’s an interesting notion. But maybe it does have some kind of purpose that just seems irrlevant to the one the cancer is killing or harming. Lack of known purpose doesn’t mean lack of purpose. Not knowing what it is doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

“Cancer is fundamentally a disease of failure of regulation of tissue growth. In order for a normal cell to transform into a cancer cell, the genes which regulate cell growth and differentiation must be altered.”

Really, this reminds me of some of the conflicts that went on as the shark tanks population began to grow sparse, during the last days of the sixth dynasty. To some, the discussions – often petty, malicious, even short-sighted – might have seemed like cancerous growths. And perhaps they were. But they served a purpose.

In that sort of context, few seem to understand or acknowledge their purpose or comprehend what the presence of them might signify. But they have their value, as an indication of how far along in the cycles the people, the place, and the overall community might be in the midst of. Among other things.

It’s an illness of sorts to, just like the real deal. The part that isn’t entirely literal is that it isn’t fatal, at least not nearly as often.

(Written July 18th & October 24th, 2012)


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