Myth

 

(1) Greek- Mythos- a story.

 

(2) Greek- Mythos- a scheme or plan.

 

(3) Interview with Joseph Campbell:

Tom Collins: What does myth do for us? Why is it so important?

Joseph Campbell: It puts you in touch with a plane of reference that goes past your mind and into your very being, into your very gut. The ultimate mystery of being and nonbeing transcends all categories of knowledge and thought. Yet that which transcends all talk is the very essence of your own being, so you're resting on it and you know it. The function of mythological symbols is to give you a sense of "Aha! Yes. I know what it is, it's myself." This is what it's all about, and then you feel a kind of centering, centering, centering all the time. And whatever you do can be discussed in relationship to this ground of truth. Though to talk about it as truth is a little bit deceptive because when we think of truth we think of something that can be conceptualized. It goes past that.

Read the full interview here. . .

 

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