Sometimes when trying to explain, convince, persuade, teach, convert or sway, we aren't able to effectively communicate our point as intended.
In those instances, a less direct approach might be useful.
One of the best at indirectly communicating for transformation was Dr. Milton Erickson.
The word "metaphor" comes from two words in ancient Greek, meta meaning 'over' and 'pherein' meaning 'to carry' so translated together is "to carry over."
'When we use a metaphor, we carry over or transfer a message to another person's mind in terms of something else (i.e. a story, myth, etc).
The listener then takes the framework or structure of the metaphor and interprets them in the framework of his or her own experience/s.
In this way, the listener also uses other terms to term about something.
In the Huberman Podcast, Dr Andrew Huberman says:
"I love this statement “meditation over time or done properly reveals to us that we’re not actually trying to make the gap between actor and observer go away, it was actually never there.”
To me that’s one of the most important statements that I’ve ever heard."
And then Sam is asked to describe how this is so. After a few moments talking about self and the observer being an illusion and how we lack free-will even though we can distinguish how an involuntary action is different from a voluntary action and how we have agency. But then he decides to instead tell a story with the intention of having the nature of the story carry over the lesson he's trying to convey.
Dr Sam Harris describing how you can’t find the self you’re looking for by means of this ‘missing tourist’ story.