Myth and Mythomania
Myth is a force to be harnessed or
The Fantastical is to be sorted. We are
meant to sift through Mysteries. However, trying to come to terms
with the Fabulous isn't especially easy, for Magic is no one's
pet. You won't tame a Legend as you
break a horse, once and for all. At best, you can take some of
the coarse stuff out of it—as in DEMYSTIFICATION—and
if you do, call it Your Lucky Day, for any small amount of it
will leave you with fresh creative material, enough to start a
If you are interested in
DEMYSTIFICATION—in general, as in making sense of Myths,
Fairytales, Dreams, or Conspiracy, in the same vein—you
will want to know, or rehearse the following:
demystify is looking for meaning, or striving for lucidity. Trim
any complexity by reducing random realities to a synthesis of
elements—but look for meaning in sequence rather than in
There is no such thing as a "modest
success" in this domain, whether you make sense of it or if it
remains as mysterious as always—the trying alone, if it is
grounded, will produce special benefits for you, either way, and
these will readily be turned to social advantage. No genuine
attempt at demystification ever is dismal or a failure. A child
who is exposed to this process in a fairly consistent fashion
will gain discernment.
DISCERNMENT may or may not be immediately
measured by the usual IQ-Tests—probably because Discernment
is the next best thing to Basic Wisdom, whereas
Intelligence-Tests tend to be an imitation of themselves... But
what is certain is that the quality of discernment influences
every aspect of human psychology in total.
The Mythomaniac is driven by a need to
transfigure anything at hand, and for the sake of it!
Life isn't complex to him—the world is much too plain for
his own taste, if anything. Hence, the purpose of his existence
is to enrich & embellish his reality, and everyone else's,
while he's at it...
A Mythomaniac does not merely tell lies,
he sees every "extravaganza of language" as an opportunity to
contribute to the evolution of his village—to the human
race, more likely... Obviously, such a
person is not interested in demystifying anything.
Living with Mythomania all day long and trying to make it useful is very
similar to trying to domesticate a couple of Hyenas tied to a
pole at the back of the house, so you won't miss it if they turn
into pets all of a sudden while you're off with the Evening
Fairies, or expecting a manifestation of
Garden-Hobbits—whichever proves more reliable to recount
first thing in the morning at the office...
MYTH IS TABOO
Myth is a difficult topic to approach, even
if you are willing. It is veiled with mystery, surrounded by
layers of rumours, spread by God alone knows who or
when—and why, you're left wondering. Is SUBTERFUGE so
necessary as to override the benefit of any straight answer?...
Demystifying anything is relatively easy if you stick to what
everyone knows, as expected of you in a Quiz-Show, for instance.
You then walk away with a well-deserved reward. You knew the
height of the Great Pyramid, and how many slabs went into the
making of it. But there are other questions. This Enigmatic
Structure is meant as a puzzle rather than for being solved. This
theory is weird, so no one will ask you to think that
way—not for gold. MYTH grows complex at this juncture, for
dealing with the mysteries seldom proves rewarding unless you
attend your own questions. This is challenging, find out
|MYTHOLOGY remains a traditional frivolity you could live
without, unless you translate its symbols in your own mental
language, use your head, see with your own eyes—as when you
analyse your dreams, in fact. Dream-Interpretation can't be generalised past a point,
because though SYMBOLS are universal, they carry a very intimate
meaning for each person—they become alive with meaning in a
personal sense, best of all.
Your Dreaming always means something for
your private use. Find what that is by learning to read yourself.
Start by asking yourself what things mean to you—anything
at all. For example, in your dream you were casually eating an apple while riding a horse
through lunch hour city traffic... Now
think, what do apples, horses and the city mean to you? Start
with a general opinion, as in "I like apples, I'm fond of
horses—can't stand peak hour traffic & commotion,
Treat Legends, Myths & Fairytales—or Movies, for that
matter—in the same way, at first, as in "I prefer
Cinderella, like The Count of Monte Cristo better than Dracula,
and Bluebeard more than Tom Thumb, but I'll have The Matrix on
Moving on to more intimate grounds, say, "I enjoy crunching on
an apple—but when's the last time I did
When you deal with Myth & Mysteries
always be prepared, in case something is to be realised or
acknowledged beyond the usual opinion.
You may find that you are fond of horses, but
don't like the smell of them... Further, it may occur to you that
you are unsympathetic to the smell of animals... which is why you
don't keep pets, in the first place.
Making sense of anything at all often
turns out to be an excursion through a world of Customs &
Taboos. Plain Living is a Myth, in this sense.
would have you wear an Intellectual
Chastity-Belt, accept what you don't know as normal—and
even call ignorance a blessing!...
Wandering in the Unknown is especially
difficult on account of the Danger Signs you see every second
step you take.
HOCUS-POCUS wouldn't be half as scary if it weren't restricted
by Taboo—which turns anything it touches into some Medieval
||All in all, the hard nut to crack in anything Mythical, Mystical or Supernatural
is that you never know where to begin, what is to be gained or what
you might be missing. Worse, taboo won't let you realise what you
might have understood... You won't let yourself cash-in on what
could work as an asset for you, for fear of becoming a social outcast
overnight, or something like that...
Luckily, too many restrictions will
eventually point to the obvious.
Taboo is bound to give the game away, because
it must keep posting prohibitive signs all over the place just to
exist another day. At times, this is blatantly advertising what
is precious—and you could cut straight through the
Outlandish with plain sense.
Regrettably, however, we fail to realise
that WE keep inviting Terror, thanks to the many taboos we still
carry in our heads. Thieves often
don't know where to go until they see too many protections around
a house. They may not break in, but will keep planning for
MYTH is neither mysterious nor a burden when
we deem ourselves rational beings—because we esteem realism
and despise nonsense—and so readily invest in the graspable
while dismissing the subtle as a probable deception no one
This representation of existence in Black or White throws Myth
in one bag with lies, fairytales, legends, the absurd, the
immaterial, hocus-pocus, mumble-jumble, unreality, disillusion,
etc—which makes it easy to define "being down-to-earth" as
the reverse of all of the above...
We are taught to value reality above all else, and this imperative takes
force and precedence as soon as possible regardless of culture or social
background, to the extent that the business
of being a child consists in learning to differentiate
fact from fiction and fight the demons of unreality by all means, and
"with extreme prejudice." This works well at the movies, as in
at the beginning, where Martin Sheen is given every reason as to why
the man he must execute really needs to be terminated. However, the
man [Colonel Kurtz] who has been described as a monster, also possesses
qualities held as rare by his executioner, whence the drama at core
of this unique movie.
A child grows confused for being increasingly required to
destroy an enemy that it cannot live without.
Childhood is confusing, for demanding
merciless fighting against that which is most treasurable. Apart
from that, the mind of a child is not especially limited.
To be continued...
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