Sunday, August 7, 2011

Step Into Reality

Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

John F. Kennedy
Hooray! Someone has found the Garden of Eden. But due to the movement of the Earth's crust it's currently at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. No problem. Divers are going down hoping to find the Tree of Life and bring up some of the pods and seeds to plant so that the wealthy can live forever, those being the only ones rich enough to afford the exorbitant prices the finders will demand. There will be a black market, I suppose, but that's no guarantee of a cheaper price.

Meanwhile others are exploring the mountains of the Near East to find the planks of the original Noah's Ark while others are combing the desert of Iraq looking for bricks from the Tower of Babel.

It is an amazing thing that there are still unfortunate people who believe that creation literally started with a man made out of mud, a woman ripped from his side and that evil began with a talking snake and a bite of forbidden fruit.

Myths are wonderful things. They are the stories the human race has invented to explain the unexplainable. There are myths all over the world in every culture and language, some are ancient and some are recent.

There are myths dwelling in the halls of Science as well as the tents of nomads. The difference is that those myths are exploded when they are replaced with facts, discoveries and the logic of clear headed thought.

I like myths. All the plays I've ever acted in were myths, all the characters I played were mythological creatures, some larger than life, some smaller. But each of them had the duty of expressing truths and posing the questions that would not be heard outside of the fiction. Shakespeare's King Henry the Fifth asks "Can the king who commands the beggars knee command the health of it?"

The apple fell from the tree until Newton discovered the Law of Gravity and determined that it was pulled instead. Is the Law of Gravity a myth? Most likely so. But, as with any myth, it's real meaning must be discovered and determined before we can take the next grand step into the kingdom of reality.

DB - The Real Vagabond Journeys
Never give up.

Summer is moving along, people.

It's a long, hot, sticky summer, so here's a hot, sticky question for you. Don't let the recent New York State decision rob you of your thunder.

Same sex marriage. Should it be legal or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

Only 13 answers so far.

You have until the last day of summer, but don't dally.
I eagerly await your answer.



pacifica62 said...

I agree with you in that myths can be wonderful things. They give human emotions and qualities to super natural beings who can help or harm mankind. Is there a seed of truth in these myths or are they just the product of someone's over active imagination. The thing is, we never really know.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Myth, Truth, Lie, who is the judge?