Mythology

David Cowles

Jun 2, 2021

We have been trained to think of mythology as fictional, even foolish. And yet all Truth (whatever that is, Pontius Pilate) occurs within the framework of some mythology. Myth is the ultimate and only TOE (Theory of Everything). Science and math, for example, however important, are limited by the discoveries of Heisenberg and Gödel. Religion requires faith and so must be limited by the skepticism that unavoidably lies beneath that faith.

We have been trained to think of mythology as fictional, even foolish. And yet all Truth (whatever that is, Pontius Pilate) occurs within the framework of some mythology. Myth is the ultimate and only TOE (Theory of Everything). Science and math, for example, however important, are limited by the discoveries of Heisenberg and Gödel. Religion requires faith and so must be limited by the skepticism that unavoidably lies beneath that faith. Philosophy is bound by the limits of reason and conditioned by the structure of the languages available to it (verbal, visual, musical, etc.). Mythology is constrained by none of these limitations. Almost by definition, it can juggle multiple models of reality at the same time…which seems to be how the universe actually works. Whenever presented with a ‘truth claim’, I suggest asking, what is the mythology on which that claim is dependent.

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