The Progressive Worldview’s Society Metaphor: Society Is a Battlefield

Newthink’s society metaphor is Society is a Battlefield:

Society is a Battlefield Metaphor
• Society is a Battlefield
• Social interaction is war between groups.
• Warring groups either dominate or are dominated.

The traditional American worldview’s society metaphor was Society is a Wilderness. In traditional America, humanity’s social purpose was to civilize the wilderness. From this metaphor came unconscious entailments like “civilization must be defended from barbarism,” “it is virtuous to go into the wilderness and spread civilization” and so on.

The progressive worldview’s society metaphor is Society is a Battlefield. Under this perception, society is composed of groups struggling for domination. Warring groups either dominate or are dominated. Many of the progressive worldview’s most important beliefs branch out of this fundamental metaphor.

The unconscious logic supporting this belief goes like this:

• Society is a Battlefield
• Social interaction is war between groups.
• Warring groups either dominate or are dominated.

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The unconscious logic of this belief’s single entailment is:

• The dominant group ruthlessly oppresses and exploits the weaker group.

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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