Saturday, June 25, 2011

Reap What You Sow

Ireland needs better metaphors. Indeed, I'm rather fond of metaphors myself, and I don't doubt their power. Gavin Kostick has written a thought-provoking post on the Irish Economy Blog about the metaphors we have used to describe and respond to Ireland's economic crisis.

He suggests we move away from metaphors concerning sexual abuse and war (you'll have to read his post for yourself to see what he's getting at), switching to more constructive metaphors instead. He mentions 'safe harbours' and 'beehives' instead.

Whilst I think he's right about the need for better metaphors, I don't think his suggestions will work. Rather we need something that resonates emotionally with the Irish people. Which is why I think we need to start using farming metaphors.

After all, most of us are just 2-3 generations removed from the land. Better still, farming has connotations of sowing seeds that bear fruit after the passage of time. Rewards in the future for hard work in the present and all that.

Of course, you would want to avoid any reference to Animal Farm along the way...

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