Truth Of Illusion Essay

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From before the dawn of civilization as we know it, humanity has formed myths and legends to explain the natural world around them. Whether it is of Zeus and Hera or Izanami-no-Mikoto and Izanagi-no-mikoto, every civilization and culture upon this world has its own mythos. However, the age of myth is waning as it is overshadowed in this modern era by fundamental religion and empirical science. The word myth has come to connote blatant falsehood; however, it was not always so. Our myths have reflected both the society and values of the culture they are from. We have also reflected our inner psyche, conscious and unconscious, unto the fabric of our myths.
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To say that Odin is the father of all would be true even though it may not be factually correct. In the same way, to say that Osiris does not exist would also be true. While facts do not change, truth changes with belief. While most do not and should not believe in the literal myth, the metaphysical truth found in myths and ourselves is hard to deny.
Myths are analogies. The foundation of myths is the taking of a metaphysical concept and personifying it. The most basic from of the mythopoeic analogy is a is to b as c is to x where a, b, and c are mundane ideas and x is a metaphysical concept (e.g. Zeus is to us as a father is to his son) (10). Myth as metaphor is true. While the gods and monsters may not exist, the relationships they represent certainly do. Osiris and Odin are more than just fictional gods; they are reflections of the human consciousness.
Myths serve to obey our conscious thoughts and impulses. We reflect what we want and what we fear into our myths. Myths spring from humanity’s oldest desires. We long to be looked upon and judged by higher powers. This is present in all cultures, typically in the form of the flood myth. Whether it is the Sumerian myth of Utnapishtim, the Abrahamic legends of Noah, or the Greco-Roman tales of Deucalion and Phyrra, myths involving the purification of humanity through absolving water have been found throughout the world. In Mesopotamia alone, 63 flood myths have been found (16a). We also long for redemption and resurrection from our sins. From Osiris of Egypt to Tammuz of Babylon to Jesus Christ of Nazareth, they cycle of rebirth and...

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