A Life as Metaphor Poll!

Really. This two days ago at Pollster.com:

StrategyOne polled Americans (n=1,000 telephone survey) October 9-12, 2009 with the following question:

“People often use metaphors to describe their life… Which ONE of the following do you think best descibes your life?”

A Journey: 51%
A Battle: 11%
The Seasons: 10%
A Novel: 8%
A Race: 6%
A Live Performance, Like a Play: 5%
A Carousel: 4%
Other: 2%
Unsure: 2%

The responses above were provided to particpants and are well-known life metaphors from Western culture. For example, life as a journey is from Homer’s Odyssey (and the Epic of Gilgamesh should also be credited as well). Life as a battle is Homer’s Iliad. Life as the seasons is from Ecclesiastes and ascribed to King Solomon. Life as a race is from St. Paul. And life as a performance or play is from The Bard – Shakespeare.

That last metaphor—life as an actor on a stage—was also an important trope for Albert Camus’s philosophy.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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