In regards to Darwinian concepts of "survival of the fittest" and "it's a jungle out there," Solomon interprets these metaphors as illustrating business as being competitive, and not always fair. He refute these metaphors by stating that business "is (or should be) anything but uncivilized and devoid of rules or fairness," and that "competition [should take] place not in a jungle but in a well-ordered society that it both serves and depends upon" (Sol...
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...initely applicable and provides an appropriate way of thinking about business.
In conclusion, metaphors provide a foundation for open interpretation and ambiguity. How one construes a metaphor's meaning would affect how one feels regarding its relevance and applicability to the context in hand. Solomon's presumptions regarding the symbolism in the metaphors discussed, were different from my own. While Solomon felt the metaphors cast a negative and false image of business, I felt they presented a realistic and appropriate representation. While he insists that the metaphors should not be the way one thinks about business, I believe it is. In short, while holding mutually valid reasons for our conclusions, Solomon and I both offer differing opinions on whether the use of the metaphors discussed in this essay, are actually a fair representation of business or not.
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