"Bug" is Not an Insult

Look at them, the bugs. Humans have used everything in their power to extinguish them: every kind of poison, aerial sprays, introducing and cultivating their natural predators, searching for and destroying their eggs, using genetic modification to sterilize them, burning with fire, drowning with water. Every family has bug spray, every desk has a flyswatter under it … this long war has been going on for the entire history of human civilization. But the outcome is still in doubt. The bugs have not been eliminated. They still proudly live between the heavens and the earth, and their numbers have not diminished from the time before the appearance of the humans.

The Trisolarans who deemed the humans bugs seemed to have forgotten one fact: The bugs have never been truly defeated.


Folksonomies: metaphor perspective insult

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/science/social science/history (0.397221)
/home and garden/pest control (0.309063)

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Agriculture (0.917836): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Evolution (0.688723): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Earth (0.679221): dbpedia | freebase
Human (0.673651): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Biological pest control (0.643745): dbpedia | freebase
Science (0.617702): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Civilization (0.604857): dbpedia | freebase
Oxygen (0.601023): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc

 The Three-Body Problem
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Cixin, Liu (2014-11-11), The Three-Body Problem, Macmillan, Retrieved on 2015-03-05
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  • Folksonomies: hard science fiction science fiction fiction