Thursday, January 13, 2011
Is mythology important anymore?
Interesting. "Mythology"..."a collection of stories telling our beliefs and our history. The stories are usually regarding major issues such as the origin of humanity and its traditions, and the way in which the natural and human worlds function. Sometimes the explanation personifies the function so that we can relate to these functions.If they act like people, then events are less foreign, we can relate to the world as we relate to people and perhaps we can negotiate with the world as we negotiate with people. the deities' daily activities -- their love affairs and pleasures, their jealousies and rages, their ambitions and schemes, and their quarrels and battles are all created to make the world a place more like our home life and our community."
I suppose some mythology remains: Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, religion. Hasn't mythology outlived its purpose? Just call it "metaphysics".