Metaphor Free

a core3press publication

November 3rd, 2007  Volume 1, Issue 1

Contents

Breathe                               1

An Absence of Metaphor    2

We the People                     2

 

Of Special Interest

First Issue!

 

Fern

 

Breathe

 

 

 

 

 

Pause.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just for a moment, pause your brain.  Don’t stop, just pause.  Take a breath.  A nice, deep breath.  Let the oxygen exchange in your lungs - inspiration.  Give the red blood cells time to carry the fresh air molecules to your brain.  I won’t even ask
 

you to close your eyes.

 

Just take a moment, a breath, and marvel at the peace you are able to claim for your inner self - whenever, wherever.

 

This simple task, breathing – something that we take for granted, something that’s just supposed to happen by itself – a process, a necessity, a reminder that at our base, at our most common, we are biological systems. 

 

Comprised of many billions of cells, each equipped with its own mechanism for
 

respiration, method for converting the resources available to it, into the energy it needs to continue on.  Each day, the seemingly infinite cycle of replacement, regeneration, renewal, occurs without conscious thought. 

 

This process, this cycle, this very basic definition of “life,” so easily dismissed as automatic, has a limit.  There is a terminus.  A point at which the body no longer regenerates, a time when the systems simply cease. 

 

Whether through trauma to a system that can not be repaired, either by fellow humans, or the system itself,

(cont’d pg. 2)

 

An Absence of Metaphor

behavior, of purpose. 

 

A problem arises when trying to communicate these patterns to those who are unaccustomed to thinking in this manner.  This is not to demean them as unintelligent, merely to state that before you were taught that 2 + 2 = 4, you were unlikely to have that thought yourself.  So we use words, tokens that have an agreed upon value, to exchange these ideas, patterns, desires, to others. 

 

One of the most common methods of communicating an idea to someone who is unfamiliar with your subject,
 

I’ve been out of school for quite a few years – 15, to be specific.  I remember a great amount of emphasis being placed on reading comprehension.  The ability to extract the meaning from a passage of words.  To infer logical conclusions based on the passage, which contained the evidence necessary to arrive at the conclusions.

 

From my father, the ability to see connections where others could not.  An attempt to defocus the mind from the particular, and allow it to drift outward, encompassing ever more information, in order to discover patterns – of
 

 

is to attempt to relate it to something that is known to them already, through use of a written device known as metaphor.

 

The phrase “it’s like” is one of the main indicators that a metaphor is being used.  More often than not, the two items being compared are not, in fact, the same.  The use of metaphor relies upon a shared experience that both the communicator and receiver of the idea have had. 

 

The person using the metaphor to relay the idea will tend to choose a shared experience that they believe

(cont’d pg. 2)

 


 

 

"How many thoughts flooded your mind during the space of that one breath?  How many of them would you want other people to hear?"

 

Leaves

 

Breathe

(cont’d from page 1)

or simply the exhaustion of the body’s ability to exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen, there is a moment, after which we all will cease to be.

 

Now take another breath. 

 

Inhale slowly, feeling the air fill your lungs, and exhale.  How many thoughts flooded your mind during the space of that one breath?

 

How many of them would you
 

want other people to hear?

 

There is value in the adage "think before you speak," and more so now than ever.  The proliferation of outlets for individuals to vent their thoughts, without any restraint, has changed the nature of public discourse.

 

The printed word – newspaper, magazine, book – the process involved in publishing these naturally included a method for editing
 

the thoughts, through the delay between the origination of the thoughts and their subsequent propagation.

 

In an age when people are being deprived of their source of income due to the misuse of a single word in a private conversation, decried far and wide by every media outlet, in order to bring you the latest sensational headline, in order to be “current” to maintain viewers attention, and therefore, the advertiser's

(cont’d pg. 3)

 

An Absence of Metaphor

by that, I mean, that the ideas presented are understood by the reader – without resorting to the least common denominator.

 

Here’s to hoping that’s possible.

 

 

(cont’d from page 1)

they have in common, and should the receiver indicate that, in fact, they are unfamiliar with that experience, then the teacher must proceed down the list of possible shared experiences, until one that is mutual is discovered.

 

 The problem lies in the fact that more often than not, as the descent down the list continues, the context and meaning of the original correlation grows fuzzy, and the metaphor tends to be more inaccurate.

 

Not only that, but one also relies upon the listener’s perception of that shared experience being the same, or close to their own.

 

I think that a lot of original thought and meaning is lost through the careless use of metaphor, and other written devices. 

 

Thus, a proposal: the contents of this publication will attempt to remain completely free from the use of metaphor.  We will see whether it is possible to communicate effectively, and
 

 

We the People

In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

 

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

 

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume
 

created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

 

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are
 

 


 

 

 

Breathe

Iris

 

“Biological systems all have one thing in common – they expire.”

 

certain point.  There is an absolute limit.

 

The sooner we realize that, the sooner we can stop fighting over ideals that will perish within a few generations, and help each other and future generations live a longer, more fulfilling life.

 

 

the intent to establish a system that is independent of biological truth.  To extend the  gains that have been made, to retain control over the resources necessary to propagate the biological systems into the future, to maintain the illusion of control and power and standing among the other inhabitants of the planet.

 

We need to realize, that these things are not immortal.  They are created by biological systems, and thus, have a terminus.  When the last biological system that holds an ideal expires, that ideal perishes with them.

 

No amount of belief, medical science, ritual, or diet will extend your life beyond a
 

(cont’d from page 2)

 

dollars, there needs to be

some restraint!

 

This is not to suggest that anyone’s opinion is invalid, or less worthy of consideration.  Only that we would all be better served as a civilization, if we would exercise our ability to think before we speak.

 

Back to the original point. 

 

Biological systems all have one thing in common – they expire.  Look around you – the world as you see it now, the people that are alive, will all change within the span of the next 100 years. 

 

Governments are formed with
 

 

 

We the People

(cont’d from page 2)

 

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object
 

evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

 

[…]

 

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them
 

and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

 


 

 

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Metaphor Free was founded as a response to the current political, sociological, behavioral climate, in which there seems to be no accountability for the expression of thought.

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