This-essay is a7311012.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %MYTH AND POWER 731101 Myths embody the states of consciousness from which people approach reality. The apparent nature of reality depends critically upon the mythological context within which reality is perceived. The mythological context outlines the possible sources of hope and meaning in life, and interprets the significances of various ways of dealing with finitude and related problems. These ways find their incarnations in persons who have the power to fulfill their potentialities. Each in his own way works within mythological contexts to deal with problems and dilemmas of which he or she is aware. The nature of reality and the ways to cope within it arise from within the mythological context. The stories which we call myths were the means of sharing the mythological context which were used by effective participants in the mythological context. The stories were means of pointing to realities as perceived from within the mythological context. The child within a society, by participating in the stories---entered the mythological context. To the child the stories were what created the mythological context in terms of which the nature of reality was understood. The myths led the child to enter into the state of consciousness from within which the child the child viewed reality. Therein lay their power. A myth has relatively little power over the lives of those who have analyzed it. The story may be interesting and related to other interesting stories. Yet the reality to which it pointed may be totally absent and without power to those who have analyzed it. A myth has power only over those who tell and listen with conviction. To them it offers power to find hope and meaning in life and death. Those who participate in no myths and analyze all myths---find little hope and meaning in life. There are-- -essential uncertainties in real lives. Modern myths point to the power of: democracy, manifest destiny, capitalism, industrialism, scientific analysis, military weapons, education, highways, computers, research, new compounds, automation, protecting individual rights, bureaucratic action, techniques, objectivity, skepticism, etc. Through such myths modern men and women find the motivation to live their daily lives. Because there is a modern fragmentation of mythological contexts---there is fragmentation the technocratic society. (c) 1999 by Paul A. Smith in GO: essayz.com "Search for Integrity and Honesty" (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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