In defence of myth

by JordanB

The world is metaphor. Metaphor is not a cheap, “emotional” replacement for facts. Reality itself is metaphorical, and our metaphors are portals to reality. Before we learn the “facts” of life we experience life in spatial extension. The body is the first metaphor, through which we resonate all the joy and sorrow of the world. The shaking in our knees, the shiver down our spine, the warmth in our heart – this is our most intimate experience of the world. Nothing else can take its place. When we finally do what we need to do, a weight is lifted off of our chest. When someone is taken from us, they are torn from our heart. The fact that our literal heart is still in tact is of secondary, and nearly inconsequential, importance. Love, anxiety, anger, gratitude.. these are whole-body experiences. The claim that they can simply be wrapped up in a simple conceptual understanding of reality dies in the face of our lived experience: life is a given; it is a gift.