Rhetoric to Me
When I think about defining rhetoric I think about the things that can’t be defined. In my definition of rhetoric I said that rhetoric is the science if love, the depth of the galaxy and the lightning before the thunder. Rhetoric is something so vast and meaningful that at some point it loses the ability to have meaning. You can define rhetoric in many ways, as a means of studying a certain subject to a tool used to teach first year writing. Rhetoric as the science of love is saying how irrational it is to think about the meaning. Love cannot be defined, because many people see love differently, which is exactly the case with rhetoric. There is no science to love because science cannot explain that feeling, just as no definition can explain exactly what rhetoric is. When we talk about love we ask ‘what makes you feel love?’ but to answer that you have to try and define love. The definition of love is just as vast and meaningful as the definition for rhetoric. You can’t begin to think about defining rhetoric without uncovering other aspects that may need to be defined or added. It’s a never ending cycle.
Comparing rhetoric to the depth of the galaxy is showing how infinite rhetoric can be. You cannot measure the depth of the galaxy, because the galaxy could go on forever. Trying to define rhetoric will probably go on forever as well! Rhetoric is something that everyone hears about, and knows a general overview about, but no one knows the exact meaning. Just as the galaxy, no one is capable of reaching far enough to figure it out. There is always more to learn and say about rhetoric.
Finally, saying that rhetoric is like the lightning before the thunder takes this in a different direction. In this case you can measure the speed of sound versus the speed of light. In a lot of cases the thunder actually created the sound before the lightning was created but because light travels faster than sound it would show first. That creates the allusion that the lightning is the cause for the crushing thunder sound. I use this to describe rhetoric because it will always appear as one thing but if you dive deeper you may discover something else. Rhetoric is an allusion. I wouldn’t know what rhetoric would be an allusion of, but that would be a great start into trying to solve the mystery of rhetoric.