I changed the title. It was amusing, in context, and at the time, but times change.
Lakoff discusses the power of metaphore, and the metaphores that are being used to discuss Syria. It’s an interesting read, and it’s also interesting to see how many of the metaphores (metaphorae?) he quotes that colored my thinking on the topic, presented in the previous essay.
It helps to be more self aware.
UPDATE: Here’s Part 2 of that essay. It talks about systemic causation, and why it’s a hard concept to get across. As a systems scientist, I can totally agree with this. Of course, when you start looking at the systems implications of actions, you also have to consider the impact on systems that are not the ones you are worried about.