Myths to Live By


What is a properly functioning mythology and what are its functions? Can we use myths to help relieve our modern anxiety, or do they help foster it? In Myths to Live by, Joseph Campbell explores the enduring power of the universal myths that influence our lives daily and examines the myth-making process from the primitive past to the immediate present, retuning always to the source from which all mythology springs: the creative imagination.

Campbell stresses that the borders dividing the Earth have been shattered; that myths and religions have always followed the certain basic archetypes and are no longer exclusive to a single people, region, or religion. He shows how we must recognize their common denominators and allow this knowledge to be of use in fulfilling human potential everywhere.


It is interesting to see the influence the myths had upon a person who conquered so great an empire as did Alexander "the Great". It amazes me that he not only gave a nodding credence for but so actively devoted himself to it and was strictly governed by their oracles and percepted god sages.Did Rommel and Montgomery have their myths which influenced their strategies and decisions?
Some of us give equal credence to the Abrahamic religions, and others so many, too many to mention. Onlookers may consider them all myths. Perhaps we from the inside have a measure of faith, and would reject the idea that faith (depending upon the base of that faith) is simply myth.

Faith is required to believe in myth. Faith ignores and rejects truth. Untruth seeks to trap and deceive. Truth will set you free.Salvation is only achieved through Gnosis.

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