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Dumb Metaphors Speak
I love to make metaphors. But much of my intellectual development has consisted of learning when not to make them. Every day I come up with ones that I reject for being too risky. What I'm starting to realize, though, is that the rejects frequently have more power in them than they ones I permit myself to voice. Sometimes it seems that the dumber the metaphor is, the more likely it is to call forth interesting trains of thought. Failure has a way of succeeding where success falls short.

Since I'm in the middle of a long, exhausting struggle to find a voice I'm willing to prefix with the first-person singular possessive pronoun, I've decided that I'm going to make an effort to redeem some of the metaphors I would otherwise reject here in the one place I do not hesitate to call my own. The filter is hereby switched off.

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elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: May 19th, 2005 07:17 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

To carry it

I think I need to follow this philosophy, metaphorically speaking (as an allegory for living generally or something) and at the literal level of metaphor-making.

Sometimes I am afraid that I am no good with risk-taking, that I come to no good through it. I have the worst of suspicions this might actually be more psychologically and socially damaging than being afraid of the to-be-riskedness itself. And the recognition almost paralyzes me.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 19th, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: To carry it

I guess another way of saying what I was trying to say is that it's better to let the dumb speak than to keep it silent. Maybe that means turning off the part of our minds that prevents us from embracing the not-so-wise.
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