. As Heminway said in A moveable feast: Write on true thing... The truth plain and ungarnished, stated clearly in a simple declarative sentence is a beutiful thing and a lovely target... Why wrap your words in a lot of fluff and equivocation???
I love H. Sun Also Rises and Movable Feast, both great. Bukowski writes like him. Verbs and nouns make for good style. As far as abstract thought, I often use 3 word metaphors. X is Y. Sure, it forces one to oversimplify, but an exaggeration gets the point across.
I feel that human personalities are based on a few driving metaphors/symbols. We pride ourselves on a few adjectives or ideals and that is enough for us. I can't help thinking about thinkers. I like to go to the source. This is why I started that thread "Foolosophy is Role Play." You meet humans all your life and they are different but there is a common core.
We are "ethical" beings in that there is a force beyond hunger and lust that makes us attach ourselves to certain sentences, words. To me, your truth is your reality. My truth is mine. When it comes to applied science, one human's views are more true than anothers. When it comes to ethics, who's to judge? Most will raise their hands for the job and most will disagree on some important issue.
Sentences are viruses because the ones we like change us. We get exposed to a human, living or dead, whose words become part of us, part of our ethic. Jokes spread. Philosophical metaphors spread. We like them, repeat them. They live in us. It can be a metaphor that points away from words, like "words can't take you all the way," but this is of course still words.