A New Economic System

I was walking the dogs and passed a row of bushes with new spider webs, so many they looked like balconies on high rises, or terraces–or perhaps like shops in a mall. I always think of the spiders as “setting up shop”, in competition with one another for moths, flies, bugs. Location, location, location–some are more successful “businessmen” than others. In strip malls people open up their new shops, with crazed hopefulness selling scrap book paraphernalia, golf clubs, baseball caps…commercial Darwinism eliminates most of them pretty soon. Of course they’re not sucking the blood out of people, reducing them to dead husks like spiders…

But what if we had a system where shopkeepers literally collected SOME blood from you. You have a little spigot in your arm, they put out a bottle, you pour off an ounce of blood into it…

It’s amazing how “micro miniaturized” spiders and insects are, too. A daddy long legs just lowered itself down the wall near my desk, and I always marvel at how little room there is in its body to control those long legs, how much it can do with all these tiny little neurons and nerve endings. And when one thinks of bees and ants in that way…The Giant Space Alien waded across the Atlantic ocean, looked down at NY and said, “It’s amazing how micro miniaturized these creatures are…”

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