The Universe Metaphor, the Society Metaphor and the Government Metaphor define and direct each distinct worldview

Just as unconscious cognitive metaphors provide the framework for each individual’s thought, so do these shared metaphors provide the framework for a worldview.

My assertion is that a culture operates unconsciously through three primary cognitive metaphors – the universe metaphor, the society metaphor and the government metaphor – covering three primary areas of existence: What is the universe? What is society? How should we govern ourselves?

It’s as basic as: Where are we? Who are we? What should we do?

The universe metaphor, the society metaphor and the government metaphor fundamentally (and, for the most part, unconsciously) define a worldview and distinguish it and its attendant culture from its neighbors.

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