I thought it was interesting the way Lakoff and Johnson discuss metaphors as an idea but also as a concept in the way we think. I school we all have been taught what a metaphor is an how we use it in our writing but I have never thought of the idea that we use metaphors to describe our daily lives or how we are thinking or feeling. The idea that a metaphor changes an act, especially in different cultures, is an interesting idea to think of. The whole process of the arguments as war and arguments as a dance literally changes the entire way we go about thinking of an act, or how he describes time as money.
We all know that time cannot
literally be money but we equate time with money because we are such a money
driven society that to waste any amount of time is money that we could have
been earning doing something better with our time. If you think about it in everyday life a small
child has no care in the world for money because they don’t grasp the idea yet
of what money is or how money works in the world but for an adult money to them
is what makes the world go round. So in these terms to a small child who, theoretically,
lives in another culture for this example time would relate more to lost sleep
of play while to an adult and the culture they live in time would be money
because money is what they see as the most important thing in their culture
that they are missing out on.
this in mind who words can take on different meaning in different cultures in
relation to how we use metaphors in our everyday life in makes me thing about
the reading we have done on Locke and his idea that all men may use the same
words but do these words really all have the same meaning? He talks about how
we learn our language through the things that we experience and that these experiences
are what teach us the meaning of things, this right here is what I think that
Lakoff and Johnson are trying to get at when they talk about how argument could
be a fight or a dance. The way we go about thinking of something as a
metaphorical concept depends on how we first learned the concept based on how
things run in our society’s and cultures.