It's always strange and comical once you realize how often you do or use something once someone has pointed it out to you. With the metaphors in everyday life, I don't think anyone really realizes that they're using them constantly intentionally or unintentionally unless you really point it out to them. For example, when these metaphors were mentioned, "Your claims are indefensible. He attacked every weak point in my argument. His criticisms were right on target. I demolished his argument. I've never won an argument with him." You wouldn't normally think of these as metaphors, but they are. These were really eye opening for me, and the first thing I thought of was Locke's essay when he referred to words being abused not only in oration but in every day discourse. I think this further explains why Locke was so irritated and determined to find the "truth" in words.
Some of the essential arguments, or points at least, that were being focused on were Argument as war, Time is Money, Ideas are Objects. These metaphors are shaped by words, and we use these words in everyday discourse. The argument that was being made from this point was that the metaphors shape the way we live our lives. Time is money-this gadget can save you time, therefore saving you money. Do you agree with this idea that metaphors, or words can shape the way a culture emerges or is perceived by another country? Personally, to some extent, I think words have the power to influence people. After all, in some cultures, written words are what people live by, for example, the Bible or Koran. When metaphors that we create morph into visual constructs, do they hold more influence over us than written ones? If so, how can we change them? Do we want to change them, or do they have more power to change us? What I mean is, if metaphors really are powerful enough to influence and change a society, can't they continue to evolve through us?