Myths


hope Every Story, every Narrative Contains a Myth . . .         Some myths are explicit as being a myth, some stories and narratives are less apparent.

Our myths and stories are one way of attempting to understand the very urges
that compel the creation of myths and stories at all. That is to say - we know that these exist for a reason or they would not exist at all. Given that we create them and that they do
exist - what is their purpose? What kinds of insights and understanding can we derive from reading, examining, and understand our myths, and what compels us to create myths and stories at all?
The content of myths and stories tend to be similar in that each points to some hidden or secret meaning or function.

For example, myths refer to some elusive or hidden treasure. And always, the treasure is unobtainable. Whether the myth is about a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, beyond the Dragons, frozen in stone (Arthurian myth), and even the myth of Sisyphus by Camus in which he introduced
the Philosophy of the absurd  (that humanity can never find meaning in life so why bother trying)
which is suspiciously like an attempt to affirm that such a treasure could indeed exist - or why
attempt to argue against the pursuit of it at all? (the absence of reflective thinking is often a
symptom of the loss itself)

In real and raw life there are no real treasures "out" there for us to apprehend.  In life and nature - obtaining the necessities to live is a normal and usual activity and reward. Yet humanity seeks
some sort of treasure - something "extra." Our myths are different from what are simply misguided beliefs however, and are not of the same character as those we tell about ourselves that embody supernatural or imaginary figures or treasures, or are at base allegories.

But here again it is important to notice that these imaginary or preternatural beings, treasures, or allegories are all products of the human mind - and the mind alone. That is to say, the object(s)
of myths are never real in any tangible sense. The myths come in many different forms, have
different treasures or images of greatness, or transcendence to "something higher", or something beyond, but at base they are all just exactly the same thing.

Myths are all identical in that they are a report that something is wrong, or that something is missing
in the human experience or human consciousness. Otherwise, there would be no need of myths
at all. If all were well with the mind of man, there would be no complaint, no craving, no seeking.
And too, the creation and use (consumption) of myths is universal to all humanity - people in all
parts of the world, who live in other cultures, in other religions, in other nations, or who seem to
have different identities are at base all the same.

All people have myths in one form or another, and whether by their oral traditions or in their written traditions. At a high level of generality - all people are the same - and all people participate in the creation, consumption, belief, or aspiration to succeed at this great human myth - the great treasure, no matter what form it takes. In current times, there is the "Movie", a visual form of story telling that
is popular owing to the ability to create "special effects" - visual fantasies of powers and treasures beyond normal human capabilities but which are another form and expression of the craving for "something more".

But since there isn't anything (at least not one single thing) to satisfy humanity, and since our
myths and stories all tell us the treasures are too elusive and unobtainable - why bother to pursue them? Yet pursue this mythic treasure is exactly what people do, in many ways and by many
means. And so the desire and craving remain. What is at question is whether the desire is
legitimate, or whether it is illegitimate and merely a symptom or sign of some deeper malaise like
the loss of insight and understanding that support life in a very positive way.

And if that isn't the whole story... the big question is: "What exactly is it that people allude to and
chase in seeking a mythic treasure?"  What is missing? And why hasn't it been found?

This means we need to question the nature of the object of "Treasure" - since this "Treasure" that
is sought is represented in many forms - all of which are indirect apparitions of something much deeper and truer, but which may have no shape or form in the truest sense and in reality. That is
to say, the mythic treasure is not a "thing" at all, nor can it be. The treasure has throughout history been understood to have a material existence - something tangible - yet the craving and the satisfaction of what the treasure is - has never been tangible.

For example, we have varying conceptions of value, to one person an object is of no value, but to another person it may have tremendous value. For people with wealth but no health, their treasure
is worthless in the most significant sense - since they can neither possess it nor trade it for the
health they crave, and as such the nature of treasure is elusive and unstable. And too, the value
of some treasures is transient, such as the value of pieces of art which wax and wane in value, or
real estate  in which ownership is the treasure - yet there are economic disasters that render
regions, buildings and land worthless. The people who crave such 'treasures' simply move on seeking the next and new treasure - which only holds the illusion of value in their conception but
not in a natural reality. By natural reality it is meant, for example, that all things perish, buildings
rot and are levelled by time. The value of the building was temporal - limited, but the value we seek
in humanity is not.

Money as treasure is the greatest illusion, the most insidious object of myths, and in every important discourse on wealth (Jesus, Sages, God, etc) money and wealth are seen as a scourge - a false god and an empty illusion. Yet the value of money in terms of myths and mythic value is pervasive and enduring - and comprises a symptom of a compulsion that can never be satisfied which by that very fact makes it illegitimate.

The content of myths suggest it has a deeper "secret" function.

More to come.
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