Quote of the day — metaphor

Ancient TreeThere is a language older by far and deeper than words. It is the language of the earth, it is the language of our bodies, it is the language of dreams, and of action. It is the language of meaning, and of metaphor. This laguage is not safe, as Jim Nollman said of metaphor, and to believe in its safety is to diminish the importance of the embodied. Metaphors are dangerous because if true they can open us to our bodies, and thus to action, and because they slip – sometimes wordlessly, sometimes articulated – between the seen and the unseen. This language of symbol is the umbilical cord that binds us to the beginning, to whatever is the source of who we are and where we return. To follow this language of metaphor is to trace words back to our bodies, back to the earth. — from A Language Older Than Words by Derrick Jensen

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