Dude as Metaphor
Where the Jesus went so wrong, claiming to be god’s special son, the Dude has never abided.
The Dude casually abides between life and death, two of our most powerful metaphors.
Religion is literally false, but maybe, metaphorically true.
Believing in these concepts and behaving like they are true, can have evolutionary benefit, even though, faith is factually unprovable or false.
There is some unconscious placebo effect that keeps us alive in the worst of times.
To have hope beyond hope is so very human.
To learn to live peacefully with others has benefit.
It doesn’t matter what belief system may promote this.
Sounds like a cheat.
Don’t look over there and there is no over there for you.
“Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth, in the least space.”
Metaphor, the artful depiction of non-literal truth.
Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; he who comes to me will not hunger, and he who believes in me will never thirst.’ John 6:35
Did he mean this literally, did he even say it?
Well, it doesn’t matter does it, if they act like it’s true.
This is a really interesting concept, metaphorical truth.
We use language to pass on knowledge.
We tell stories.
They don’t have to be literally true to be valuable.
Use what works.
“Phronesis (Ancient Greek: φρόνησῐς, romanized: phrónēsis) is an ancient Greek word for a type of wisdom or intelligence. It is more specifically a type of wisdom relevant to practical action, implying both good judgement and excellence of character and habits, sometimes referred to as "practical virtue". Phronesis was a common topic of discussion in ancient Greek philosophy.”
So all the world then is a canvas for us to paint our stories on.
“Science is all metaphor.” -Tim Leary
Sagan describes a comet as “like an iceberg in the ocean of interplanetary space,” a lovely metaphor, and Earth's being in the way of one as “an accident” in cosmic order of things.
Looking up there
has always raised our heads.
Religion and science, our attempts to engage eternity from a small finite point.
All of our culture is a metaphor to reconcile this paradox.
The same Energy goes on forever in infinite forms we theorize.
We claim this as an absolute law.
What is absolute in a metaphorical world?
In a non-absolute metaphor, the basic idea and the metaphor have some resemblance, for example using 'box' as a metaphor for 'house' or 'tube' for 'train'.
A value of an absolute metaphor is in the way that it can confuse and hence make people think hard about the meaning of something. We seek always to find some meaning and hence some learning may arise.
Absolute metaphors are also useful when you are at a loss for words. They can thus communicate frustration, confusion and uncertainty.
The absolute metaphor is also known as a paralogical metaphor or antimetaphor.
I immediately thought of UG Krishnamurti and Zen koans.
Let’s follow this thread.
It pulls on something intrinsic and deeply embedded in awareness, paradox.
Language and thought is figurative?
Zen demonstrates the figurative nature of all thought.
Man’s imagination allows hmm to apply figurative meaning to chaos and apparent unconnected events or experiences.
But perception is the root of all experience is it not?
We have knowledge of the world from others, but our experience gives us first hand awareness.
What we think and write and say about it is just our figuration of it, not truly what it is, but true enough to live with it.
Now god damn isn’t that the damndest most peculiar observation about language?
The personalist then does not tell the truth about the world, that our perception of it is an abstraction.
The personalist is self deluded.
They re-invent the world through their idiom and use of metaphor.
Truth is interpreted and not described.
The personalist does not describe the truth, but creates metaphors from experience.
Know how you fool yourself into meaning and the personal nature of life.
The mind wants to make figuration real.
This awareness was hard won.