Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Society's Dastardly Zits

Here's the opening paragraph of an essay I'm working on. I like it. A lot. I feel like it will capture people's attention! Ha!

When you get a large zit on your face, what happens? Pus inside the zit increases until the pressure inside the skin pocket becomes too great until—WHAM! It pops, spewing bacteria all over. Now, let’s take this metaphor and displace it onto societal power conflict. When power is unfairly divided among members of society, pressure ensues among those without power. This pressure includes feelings of powerlessness, inferiority, and frustration. It builds and builds over years, sometimes decades or even centuries, until it finally pops and violence ensues. This much is clear, but what’s not clear is where the source of the societal power conflict lies. What is the metaphorical oil clogging society’s pores and creating such dastardly effects?

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