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  • April 18, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    You aren’t offended by the use of cancer rhetoric in politics (and I’m not exactly “offended” either) but having seen several people close to me deal with cancer in the past couple years, and since I worry about it myself because of my heredity, these sayings kind of get on my nerves.

    There’s also the possibility that cancer metaphors in political or social conflict can demonize the other side. Cancer is something to be eradicated not negotiated with. Cancer can’t be wrong most of the time but have a good point on a couple of issues. People today generally don’t use infectious disease and vermin metaphors in political discourse anymore because of their use in the past to justify genocide.

    True, it’s usually ideas and values that are compared to cancer (not people directly) but it might be a short step because it’s virtually guaranteed that many people won’t give up the views that one considers cancerous. Then what are they? The human equivalent of second-hand smoke so banish them lest what they’re expressing harms others? Cancer cells in the body politic so eliminate them?

    Going on, what about the common idioms about blindness and deafness? As in “the people are are blind to the dangers of war” or “they turned a deaf ear to the plight of the homeless”?

    Ignorance and hypocritical willful ignorance have been compared to blindness and deafness for thousands of years, but I try not to do it because of the potential to offend those with actual impairments in vision and hearing.

    Calling weather “schizophrenic” is probably a result of the traditional misunderstanding that schizophrenia is the same thing as dissociative identity disorder. In other words, the person making the analogy is comparing radical shifts in weather to a sufferer from a dissociative disorder going from one identity to another.

    I fail to see how weather could remind anyone of hallucinations or delusions. The bipolar analogy is more understandable because the weather can actually go from one extreme to another very quickly in some situations and there are regions where this is common.

    But since using anyone’s health problems like this offends a lot of people I’d suggest those doing the weather on the news or online be careful as the part of the population interesting in knowing about the weather is one of the widest possible audiences.


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