People in power get to construct reality

People in power get to construct reality

President Carter declared that the energy crisis is the “moral equivalent of war” in 1977. This declaration immediately imposed a network of entailments (to impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result). These entailments were such things as “enemy”, “threat to national security”, requiring “setting targets”, “reorganizing priorities”, organizing “strategies”, accepting “sacrifice”, “obeying the Commander in Chief”, etc.

New metaphors, like old tried and true metaphors, can have the power to define reality; thus the conclusion that power can determine reality.

Metaphors create reality through a network of entailments that are coherent and commanding. Metaphors high light some things and push others under the rug. Our acceptance of a metaphor forces us to focus attention only on the aspects of our experience that it illuminates thereby by causing us to view its entailments as being true.

Concerns of truth do arise regarding new metaphors but of most importance are our perceptions and inferences following the metaphor and the actions sanctioned by it.

“In all aspects of life…we define our reality in terms of metaphors and then proceed to act on the basis of the metaphor. We draw inference, set goals, make commitments, and execute plans, all on the basis of how we in part structure our experience, consciously and unconsciously, by means of metaphor.”

Can you give examples of how metaphors have directed action in your life?

Quotes from “Metaphors We Live By” by Lakoff and Johnson

Power and reality are the same thing. The universe is energy.

Metaphor is how we think. Naturally we would be coerced into thinking about suvival if presented with enough metaphors that suggest our survival is somehow imperiled. So what is your point?

Metaphors create reality through a network of entailments that are coherent and commanding. Metaphors high light some things and push others under the rug. Our acceptance of a metaphor forces us to focus attention only on the aspects of our experience that it illuminates thereby by causing us to view its entailments as being true.

Concerns of truth do arise regarding new metaphors but of most importance are our perceptions and inferences following the metaphor and the actions sanctioned by it.

“In all aspects of life…we define our reality in terms of metaphors and then proceed to act on the basis of the metaphor. We draw inference, set goals, make commitments, and execute plans, all on the basis of how we in part structure our experience, consciously and unconsciously, by means of metaphor.”

People in power are not the only ones who construct reality. Popular philosophers do too (and that incudes spiritual figures like Jesus).

We all construct realty, it is just that power has the opportunty to guide our thoughts more than DickandJane.

We do not construct reality. We react to it, being involved in it. It is not something separable from an organism. A definition of reality is needed here. Metaphor is a natural brain function, a brain’s interpretation of physical experiences as used in epigenetic organism/environment adaptational progressions. What is false proffers extinction.
Right made by might is inevitably trumped by right as what insures perpetuation of genes, organisms, species.

If by DickandJane, you mean people without name recognition, I’d have to strongly disagree. The most influential people in my life have never been famous or powerful. They all had names you’ve never heard of.

In the end, who we let influence our thoughts/opinions and, thus, concept of reality is up to us. For some (and I will not say most), powerful figures will hold more sway than the friend they met in their first year of college For others, it will be the opposite.

Seems to me all man-made institutions … government , religion etc are fruit of our “nature” … our innate characteristics.

The relevant characteristic here is our need to dominate … individual and collective.

History is replete with manifestations of this innate characteristic … the popularity and sheer size of the Olympic events also point to this.

The difference today is only the scope of dominance … we have progressed to a global scope … facilitated largely by technology.

Communication has always been perhaps the most significant barrier … in both conquering and retaining control/power.

Today we have overcome so many earlier barriers regarding communication … speed, distance … language etc

The stage is set for the players in this next round of this ageless game … I don’t see the players as nation states … simply a handful of very small groups of people.