Over a lunchtime conversation at CONvergence last weekend, I was reminded of an oft used metaphor for social change, the pendulum. While the imagery is compelling, I realized that the analogy is pretty much garbage and that there is a somewhat more robust one available.
After the break, I present my arguments using the medium most respected in formal debate, cartoony marker drawings.
I admit that the analogy isn’t perfect. I’m not sure what hills, or avalanches might represent, for example. I can’t speak to whether it is more important to move sedimentary or igneous social issues. Also, the application of dynamite or modern construction equipment pretty much demolishes the metaphor. Still, I think it has utility and much better represents the inherent difficulty and potential problems when attempting to advance social change than the pendulum.