Wednesday, December 16, 2015
The case against Mythology.
All those myths what are they good for ?
Yes, they were used as maps of where we are spiritually and how to get from one life phase into another.
But let's not forget that storytelling was and is still used to spin the truth most of the time.
Myths were used to explain things they didn't understand quite complete as we do now.
They were used to push political agendas.
They seem to be used to unite people behind a common cause.
Myths and stories traveled where commerce was. Where caravans traveled and trade routes were.
Look around you and you will see that many that hold on to the old stories and myths are still trapped in outdated beliefs that are harmful. How else could it ? Those stories had a SPECIFIC function that was rallied for a specific cause by specific people. It was useful to some people in some period.
It has an expiration date imo.
We tend to romanticize the past, forgetting the horror that came with it.
This is something Game of thrones author George RR Martin knew very well while researching for his story.
Mythology is useful to study how people used to think but poor to as a guide in this time when we forget what its originally came from and its context.
Look around and see what those religions do that hold on to those myths and forgot it's origins.
They tend to live out that mythology .
Maybe we need to learn to look at what's really going on instead of trying to look for an higher and higher meanings and forgetting what is right in front of our noses.
Maybe we should be more worried about the story we are creating right now then the stories from ancient times.
We are creating new mythology nevertheless. Comic books reflect our more recent culture and the struggles we had and still have.
Some authors like Warren Ellis, Alan Moore and Grant Morrison are making new myths that I quite like.
Maybe our next holy books can be comics.
God ways are mysterious.
And don't forget to look at what's in front of your nose.
- Praise Totoro -
For more check: Trapped in stories