"Empathy is great. However at the same time, human empathy is like the human eye, whose sensitivity is brilliant except when there's a bright light directly in front of you. That's how empathy can sometimes be a disadvantage if you really do need to hurt someone, or do something that requires you to ignore someone else."
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.