In their book Metaphors We Live By, George Lakoff and Mark Johnson noted how our language, and very way of perceiving the world, is saturated with metaphor. We use the metaphor “Love is war,” for example, when describing someone as a relational “conquest.”
Metaphors, analogies, etc. are a helpful and essential way of making sense of the world. But the metaphors we live by can, as with “love is war,” import ways of thinking about issues that may not be entirely healthy.
In this podcast we examine metaphors used for understanding race relations in America, and how we might be able to positively reframe our challenges using a different metaphor for thinking about them.