Saturday, November 9, 2013
The definition of a metaphor is "a figure of speech containing an implied comparison, in which a word or phrase ordinarily and primarily used of one thing is applied to another.
In simpler terms, a metaphor compares two objects or things without using the words "like" or "as"
A man has falls into a deep crater, and breaks both legs. Another man comes along and notices that someone is at the bottom of the crater with broken legs. The man says, I will go and get my hand book about "How to climb out of a crater with two broken legs, and toss it down to him.
The book writer returns later and notices that he is still at the bottom of the crater. "Why are you still there? All you need to do is to follow the instructions in the book and all will be well. Did you read in the back of the book the testimony's of those who were successful in getting out? Perhaps you don't believe the instructions are going to work. Where is your will power? Or maybe you are just lazy. If you don't at least try, I guess you are just stuck.
I have borrowed from two other metaphors, to create this one.
First from Elder Jeffrey R Holland. In the October 2013 conference in his talk "A Broken Vessel", he speaks of "major depressive disorder", depression and how it "significantly restricts a person's ability to function fully" He compares it to a "deep crater in the mind".
Second from Stephan E Robinson, in a talk gave in the BYU Women's Conference in 2002, entitled "With Healing in His Wings". Among other things he speaks of the Depression that he has suffered from the last five years . He uses the example of a "man falling into a fifty foot well and breaking both legs".