nd all sorts of human nastiness… metaphors themselves justified by only metaphor

Very much so. The fascination to me with metaphor is that it’s analogy but more: it can take something out of one set and apply it to another set that’s really not related at all, just by *similarity* – and it can be the most tenuous similarity… and the metaphor is *so convincing*, even when the relationship is atrocious when brought beyond a basic similarity.

My favorite (least) example is that of comparing groups of people to infections in the body.

What things have been justified by that metaphorical comparison! Such atrocities against humanity because people were metaphorically compared to cancers and infections that needed to be cleansed, surgically removed, irradiated, … [insert medical procedures used to combat such things… which become bombs, guns, propaganda campaigns… and all sorts of human nastiness… metaphors themselves justified by only metaphor….]

We’re so accustomed to hearing it, we hardly even hear it. But once you ‘hear it’… you can’t unhear it.

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