I think you are so right gold, not only that but it seems to spread like a plague. it leaves such terrible destruction in its path there is small doubt that there is something beyond the physical involved.
Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee. let me then tow to pieces, while still chasing thee, thou damned whale! Thus, I give up the spear!"