Oh, Those Familiar Blood-Suckers Strike Again...
" "In order to remain undead, I must steal the life force of someone whose fate matters less to me than my own." I've always supposed that Wall Street traders utter essentially the same sentence. My guess is that as long as people act toward their fellows in exploitative and selfish ways, the vampire will be with us." - Thomas C. Foster, How to Read Literature Like a Professor - Chapter 3
Oh, how I enjoy reading about those lovely creatures in literature.
I am very familiar with vampires in fictional literature, but as for the "figurative vampire" like Foster mentions here, I never really considered that. How true is it really that vampires, so to speak, are all around us? CEOs of companies that want money, they're vampires. Government heads that run the rule of the state for their own purposes, they're vampires. Hot shot sports stars that take extreme amounts of drugs to make themselves "large" and then think that they can go out, commit a felony and get away with it…yep, you guessed it - vampires.
I particularly love this quote because of the hilarious picture that I get with it. Just think, for a second, about a Wall Street exec walking around with a black cape flowing in the wind and bearing fake plastic fangs in his or her smile. TALK ABOUT HILARIOUS!!