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You have to understand that myths are not just belief systems
If you pick through them and look at their patterns, you would see that a lot of them actually hit quite close to home. This should not be a surprise because myths, at their core or at their most basic, are simply recordings of the human experience.
If you have a Mouth
Chances are you would know how to talk, and if you know how to talk, you probably have the basics to sing. If you have feet, and you can walk, chances are you have the basics where you can, if you choose to, dance.
Our point here is if people are able to tell stories
then they are able to create myths, and this shared ability isn’t restricted to some sort of historical or cultural period. This ability means that people are telling the same stories in different forms and different contexts throughout all of human existence. If you think you have something new, if you think that you have some sort of narrative approach that enables you to tell stories in a completely different way, you might want to think twice because there’s really no such thing as originality.
The only point of Differentiation
However, is that certain memories and experiences were written while everything else died with the people who remembered that event. I can’t emphasize this enough because it may seem like you would come up with some sort of idea that you think is just so new and so earth-shattering and quite mind-blowing that humanity, in all its history, hasn’t thought it up.
Well, You Might Want To Think Twice
Because the only difference really is the fact that your idea is recorded and documented while the thousands of other versions of that idea simply died with the people who came up with them because they didn’t bother to write them down. Do you see the difference here? Do you see how this is an issue? Myths are simply recordings of the human experience. Whatever you’re feeling now is not new. Others have felt it before. Others were challenged by the same issues that you’re facing now.
Record of this Collective
Wouldn’t it be nice to tap into some sort of record of this collective experience with whatever is challenging you in the here and now? This is where Greek myths come in. The bottom line is that they encapsulate the conflicts of the human mind and spirit. Whatever emotions you’re going through, whatever challenges and setbacks you are struggling with have been felt by many people before you, and the good news is when you look through Greek mythology a lot of the core issues are identical.
The Form is Different
Of course, you don’t wear a toga. You don’t live in a building that has columns, but, by and large, the same intense emotions, the same levels of confusion as well as the need to realize one’s purpose in the world are identical to the issues explored by classical Greek mythology.
We Can Find Ourselves in Ancient Myths
The main thesis behind mythesgrecs.com is the simple observation that if you want to, we can find ourselves in ancient myths. It doesn’t really take much effort because a lot of this stuff is very well written. A lot of these mythologies were actually verbally passed from generation to generation until somebody somehow someway over several hundred years later decided to sit down and write it.
As you can probably well imagine, a lot of these myths suffer from the distinct biases and historical timeframe in which they were written. When somebody takes something verbal and reduces it to written form, they are influencing the substance of that material.
With that said, a lot of this material is actually classic because whatever issues you’re going through or whatever challenges you find yourself in, it’s already been talked about. It’s already been addressed. It’s already been agonized over, and you just need to look through the recorded materials to see that you’re not alone. You’re not alone now. You’re not alone in the past because somebody has walked a mile in your shoes and then some.
Myths resonate throughout history
Because human beings, if we’re really honest with ourselves, haven’t changed all that much. Sure, we have mobile phones, tablets and automatic self-driving vehicles. We have jet planes that travel all four corners of the globe in a ridiculously short period of time. We have ships that can carry tons of goods from point A to point B. We have the miracle of the Internet.
However, if you cut through all of that, we’re still driven by fear. We still are looking for love. We’re still tormented by lack of validation and acceptance. In other words, when you look past the cosmetic details, human beings really haven’t changed all that much.
Greek Attitude to Passion
This is the big thesis behind the myths that we not only share but celebrate on this website. You can get insight on the power of passion. The interesting thing about the Greek attitude to passion is that they hated it. They think that when people let their emotions get the better of them, reason and logic go out the window. Now, it’s easy to think that this is a good idea. It’s easy to conclude that the Greeks were onto something.
However, it’s one thing to say it; it’s another to actually do it. While this attitude is the official attitude of the Greeks, especially the inteligencia and educated class, in terms of actual practice, people were basically just maddened by passion. Not much has changed. Which highlights the fact that as awesome as reason is, it does have its limitations, and you can see these limitations play out in Greek myths.
Finally, what I find personally interesting about Greek mythology is the fact that they can be reduced to Jungian archetypes and myths. There is the archetype of a leader. There is the archetype of a father, a mother and so on and so forth. By categorizing all the personal drama as well as the behavioral patterns of certain characters, you actually get to predict how they would respond in a particular myth.
You might think that this is just a purely academic talent or exercise, but it actually has practical implications because if you’re able to apply archetypes to people in your life, you might practically be able to predict how they would behave in certain situations. Really powerful stuff especially if you want to become a natural leader, or if you want more authority in particular areas of your life.