War As Metaphor
War has become a popular, but unfortunate, metaphor and euphemism for society’s social failures. The “wars” on drugs, illiteracy, and poverty have all been lost, and the "war" on terrorism seems endless. Since war connotes conflict, violence, and death, we should dispense with this malevolent metaphor, and instead find beneficent metaphors that are more conducive to peace and health. Words have power and meaning, and they should be chosen carefully.
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