Officer: What is the value of a metaphor that makes it so telling on the mind?

Prisoner No. 12: A metaphor is a tight-rope expert who does the balancing act between the vague or ambiguous and the particular. In speaking particularly, there is always a doubt about what is being said. Because in mind is another way it could go or mean. A metaphor balances the two and allows for the combination of the ambiguities, rolling them up into one and makes the enlightenment of another all the more brilliant. A real metaphor is not limited to its particular reference but more general – it unpacks the reference in its eternality. It is understood immediately in every way possible, in every context. It is like opening a boxed gift (like you will do soon on the 26th), it combines all the vectors of the wrap and gives them to you. The response is the same – Delight.

A metaphor allows an approximately complete perception of what is being examined. A good metaphor does so completely.

A metaphor is a bridge between perception and discernment – a bridge between ignorance and truth.

As it approaches truth and it incorporates the myriad possibilities, it becomes an image. An image to represent the pregnant symbol. It is highly unstable, because it carries so much energy within it.

It resolves itself into a unit so that access is ready. When access is ready, it gives birth and chaos is presumed but actually – because the mind is so wonderful – mother and children are present at the same time. Order and Chaos together, both free, both free to act.

Officer: This links to what Nietzsche said about the Psychologist (the operation of the Psychologist). In the spirit of our present discourse, the operations of the Psychologist are the children, the Psychologist is the mother.

Prisoner No. 12: His operation is to take Chaos and Order it. His operations in themselves are Chaos and the designation ‘Psychologist’ is Order.

The best metaphor is the unconscious metaphor. This is the type that can be trusted to be educative. Conscious metaphors are nice and ingenious but they’re annoyingly limited so stale.

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