The devil and a friend of his were walking down the street, when they saw ahead of them a man stoop down and pick up something from the ground, look at it, and put it away in his pocket.
The friend said to the devil, "What did that man pick up?"
"He picked up a piece of Truth," said the devil.
"That is a very bad business for you, then," said his friend.
"Oh, not at all," the devil replied, "I am going to let him organize it."
What is the metaphor here?
How does this metaphor fit or not fit, in terms of your own subjective reality/beliefs?
Answer by popzaroo at 11:38 PM on Jun. 14, 2011
Answer by Anonymous at 9:00 PM on Jun. 14, 2011
Answer by samurai_chica at 9:07 PM on Jun. 14, 2011
Wow. I did not need to read that right before bed.
I suppose how one interprets that depends on how one would perceive the "Devil". Is he Evil Incarnate? Is he the Abrahamic god's true counterpart? Is he Yang to a Ying?
I think, regardless, the sort of "Truth" that would have an uppercase 'T', refers to something other than subjective fact, but rather the meaning ascribed by religious sorts, whereby it refers to their god. That would mean that the "Truth" would be very difficult to categorize, since it is a subjective term, and probably won't fit neatly into any proper category, but one that fits only with that person's doctrine.
Answer by jsbenkert at 12:17 AM on Jun. 15, 2011
I have used a lot of words and see that I still haven't answered the question. At this point, after a very long day (and looking toward an even longer one tomorrow) I have to admit that I'm stumped. I can't see a clear metaphor, because like the "Truth" in the story, I think it's open to so many interpretations.
Answer by jsbenkert at 12:19 AM on Jun. 15, 2011
Funny that I'd be thinking of this question when I woke up this morning. The thing that throws me about it is the Devil. If it were a scientific metaphor, the devil wouldn't play a role in it--or if he does, in what role? I was thinking that the man picking up the "Truth" was finding some evidence of Evolution or some insight into the mind, and would have to, depending on his indoctrination, either try to fit it in with his religious beliefs or look at it objectively and fit it into wherever it belongs scientifically. But the "Devil", were he something other than a religious character, is what throws me. The "bad for business" phrase throws me, too, unless we take away any evil connotations of the "Devil", and he becomes science (perhaps evil to some religious minds), and that reference suggests that the person with the "Truth" still plays with the scenario I suggested. I have to think on this some more.
Answer by jsbenkert at 7:51 AM on Jun. 15, 2011
Answer by pam19 at 9:23 AM on Jun. 15, 2011
Answer by -Eilish- at 11:02 PM on Jun. 15, 2011