- By Paul Hughes
On a more light-hearted (and succinct) note than my recent posts, I decided to write about something that—ever since I first saw it—has bothered me: the quote in the above picture. Yes, it is a nice sentiment, but it really makes no sense. I mean, the unknown author is effectively and arbitrarily saying that life follows all the same rules as an arrow. I could just as easily say “When an arrow stops moving, it means the arrow has hit its target and is likely to kill it; so when life seems to stop your progress forward, watch out because it means that you’re about to kill something.” Just as arbitrary, and just as absurd.
Humans have a tendency to use metaphors to wrap their minds around things that they don’t otherwise understand. But it is important to remember that just because a metaphor seems to make something make more sense doesn’t mean the metaphor is in any way correct or useful.
Are there any quotes or metaphors that bug you?