Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

At a Music Festival

Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

At a Music Festival

Article excerpt

IAM AT AN outdoor music festival. I am sitting with friends when a dark cloud rolls in. All of a sudden, sheets of rain start pouring down. Out come umbrellas, raincoats, ponchos. Even these don't really keep us dry. My wife and I go stand beneath a shelter which a lady nearby has put up for her family. She gladly lets people huddle under the canvas. The music continues through all of this, since the performing stages are dry.

Someone says, "I hope this isn't telling us about the whole festival." People nod in agreement. Does this sudden, fierce rainstorm predict the weather for the next four days? Is this festival going to be burdened and troubled with all sorts of problems? We are asking, is this storm a metaphor? Does the storm tell us about something else?

And all these umbrellas, various sizes and colors, which have filled the field. The ponchos which have suddenly become so important. These are metaphors also. These are like shields from life's attacks. Protection against the rain of fate.

I hear the words of the songs. They tell us stories about people we do not know, but we relate these stories to ourselves. "You said you loved me but...." "I took the next train...." What happened to the people in the songs is similar to what has happened to us. …

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