"Cruelty is like a tiger that's been taxidermied, sitting passively in some cigar shop, where rich, fat men puff circles of smoke."
"Cruelty is like electricity. When you're a dick to someone, they absorb it, and if they don't retaliate or know how to let it go, it just gets stored inside them like their guts are a battery. Also like electricity, cruelty wants to escape through the path of least resistance: people weaker than you, a significant other that you know won't leave you, pets, or people on the Internet. It's just so easy to be an asshole, you guys. So much easier than being nice."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.