- Hide menu
“Locking Horns – Bison Demonstrating Metaphors” I look at this picture and I see a metaphor, a metaphor that is emblematic of my life. I have been locking horns with people ever since my age of reason. Not to say my reasoning is any good but it’s mine.
I often times feel like the bull on the left, bigger, older with my hair falling out, external forces about ready to pierce my temple questioning whether I still have the strength to fight them off. I can see the problem but butting heads hasn’t been able to solve the problem that is facing my Temple.
If I may mix metaphors – a neoclassical “Temple” and an academic argument both require a solid base. While the foundation of a building is stone;
the foundation of an argument is a premise. The building blocks of an argument are facts and assertions, known as suppositions.
A mason shapes and stacks round blocks in order to form a pillar; in the same way, an adversary arranges and connects suppositions in order to provide a chain of logical connections; like a pillar that runs all the way from the ground to the roof, these connections are the evidence that supports the adversaries main point.
The stronger the columns, the heavier the roof can be; in the same way, a stronger array of supporting evidence can support a “weightier” conclusion. Just as building must withstand the force of gravity, an argument must hold up under the force of logic.