Vampire bats have a highly regulated collection of social instincts.
One of them is the capability of doing each other favors, and remembering who has done favors for whom.
They’ll go hunting, some will come back with blood, some won’t.
The ones that don’t get any blood will borrow from those who do.
They can keep track of who does the borrowing and lending.
Bat Credit System
If somebody borrows and doesn’t pay back their debt, nobody will lend to them.
Many mammals have as similar instinctive credit system.
In nature, you can put parasites into two basic categories.
Those that kill their hosts, and those who don’t.
Why Kill The Host?
At first, it doesn’t seem to make sense, from an evolutionary, natural selection standpoint why a parasite would kill their host.
But when you understand why they kill their hosts, and how this actually gives them an evolutionary advantage, it kind of makes sense.
Vampires are a very useful metaphor for parasites of all kinds.
They can keep their hosts alive, so they can continue to feed off their blood.
Or they can kill them, or turn them into vampires.
There’s an economic phenomenon called the Cantillon effect.
It describes how inflation operates on any society.
Inflation is when they increase the money supply.
For example, imagine a society at point A in time, and then point B in time.
Money People Stuff
At time A, there is a bunch of people, a bunch of stuff, and a bunch of money.
The price of things will be based on those three quantities.
The people, the stuff and the money.
But if you increase only the money supply, and have the same number of people and the same amount of stuff, this will just make stuff cost more.
For example, if everybody suddenly had twice as much money, they would buy more stuff, which would slowly drive the prices up.
But when they increase the money supply, they do it slowly.
The Cantillon effect describes how people who get the new money first benefit the most.
And people who get the new money last benefit the least.
They Drink Our Milkshake
The people who get the money first, have more money, but they get it BEFORE the prices start to go up.
The people who get it last, get it AFTER the prices have gone up.
If the people at the top of society slowly and consistently increase the money supply, they’ll always be able to buy more stuff.
The people at the bottom of society will always get the money last, which means over time, they’ll be able to buy less and less stuff.
One way to describe money in a society is very much like blood in a body.
Blood transports all the necessary things our bodies need to live.
Money does the same thing.
Money is a way of moving stuff around society, that need to live.
So the people at the top of society who continue to slowly increase the money supply so they can slowly buy more stuff, are essentially sucking the lifeblood out of a society.
Very much like a parasitic vampire class who slowly gets richer and richer.
While the people at the bottom slowly get poorer and poorer.
Eventually, the people at the bottom will have to work very hard, just to be able to stay alive.
While the people at the top, continue to suck all the life out of society.
Very much like a vampire keeps his host alive, just barely alive enough to keep sucking the blood out of him.
This is why the banking class in the United States is metaphorically referred to as the Vampire Squid.
A vampire as a metaphor in monster movies can keep his host alive, or turn his host into a vampire.
Parasites that exist in nature, when they kill their host, they do this to reproduce.
Eaten Alive Inside Out
They lay eggs in their hosts, so the babies hatch inside of the host, and eat the host alive from the inside.
The host dies, the babies grow up, and everybody lives happily ever after.
Primates pick bugs out of each others hair, and keep track.
Kind of like how vampire bats borrow and lend blood to each other and keep track.
Gossip Is Bug Picking
Anthropologists believe that human gossip is similar to monkeys picking bugs out of each others hair.
We remember who told gossip to whom, and keep track.
When somebody tells us something juicy, we owe them.
Just like bats and blood and monkeys and bugs.
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