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The Law of Analogy

Posted: 25 Mar 2011, 19:06
by treegod
You thought I'd forgotten? Here's another law for discussion...
Although this is a definite condition of third dimension existence, no analogy is ever exact in detail but only in certain broad basic correspondences. There will be found unchangeable points of resemblance, but in using analogy viewing creation, no two details are exact. Using analogy in trying to mentally explain the unexplainable, one attempts to convey understanding, in a broad sense.

Re: The Law of Analogy

Posted: 25 Mar 2011, 19:18
by treegod
For instance: all humans are similar, some more than others, but none of us are exactly identical. We are analogous.

Re: The Law of Analogy

Posted: 25 Mar 2011, 19:59
by Zylah
Yes, excellent example. Anatomically, no one is precisely the same, but as a species we're enough alike to allow for road maps, as it were. Yet no matter how well we memorize the road map, or how many times it leads us right enough that we can find a specific address, there will also be times when the map misleads and results in a dead end.

There are times, for instance, when a surgeon tries to go in and remove the parathyroids, but cannot locate them. Those are notoriously difficult to pinpoint, not only because they're small, but also because they have a lot of potential variance in position.

So much for my road-map/anatomy analogy. :grin:

Re: The Law of Analogy

Posted: 25 Mar 2011, 23:09
by treegod
Yes, it has limits. :D

Re: The Law of Analogy

Posted: 26 Mar 2011, 14:02
by treegod
If there was no analogy between people, empathy and compassion would be impossible.

This sort of analogy can be extended to non-human beings too, sentient or insentient, living or non-living.

The analogy of the earth as a living being becomes a way of connecting to its "suffering" and of knowing how we are a part of that suffering, as both perpetrators and victims and as healers.

Could this analogy be expanded to say that the earth itself has rights analogous to our own as human beings? What limits are there to this?

Re: The Law of Analogy

Posted: 26 Mar 2011, 18:24
by Dendrias
Is it "analogy" to have compassion with insentient or non-living beings, or anthropocentrity or "lack of phantasy"?
No worries, I'm not against compassion or rights.
What kind of analogies are there between humans and cats, mice, butterflies or earth? Before answering the limits of analogies, you would have to point out where they are.