Sunday, March 8, 2009

Iceberg Metaphor


Why is it icebergs always represent problems? I guess problems need their metaphors too, but I’m going to change the symbolism anyway.

The iceberg is you, in a solid, contained form. The tip of the iceberg is what depression allows you to see. The surface of the ocean is the depression; it doesn’t allow you to see how much more there is to you below itself reflecting back what is above the surface thereby convincing you that all that lies below the surface-depression is more of what is above the surface. And so the tip of the iceberg, which is the negative distortions of depression, looks to only be a small amount of much more depression, when in fact there is only that small amount of negativity while the rest of the iceberg, which is much larger, contains everything else. Actually, the tip of the iceberg is only 1/8 of the total size.

Icebergs melt in about a year, so you might not recover from your depression immediately, but each positive thing you do can aid in the process.

The water inside the iceberg is fresh and not likely to be polluted. Though devoid of pollutants, icebergs do usually carry impurities such as volcanic dust and other terrestrial material. These impurities might be viewed as undesirable aspects of the self when in fact as the iceberg melts, these materials aid in significantly increasing biological life for up to two miles around the iceberg. So there are actually vast quantities of life below the surface of your depression, both contained within yourself and in the surrounding ocean which can be thought of as everything else in your life. And furthermore, the life within you, when released, will have dramatic positive effects on everything surrounding you - work, friendships, health, “thriving communities of seabirds above and a web of phytoplankton, krill, and fish below.”

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