Is it ever OK to believe in a myth?

Posted on May 23, 2010

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In many cultures the dragon is an enduring symbol. For some it is evil and destructive and for others it is wise and revered. Although dragons are mythical, Komodo aside, people still find them fascinating. Why? Why does a large, flying, fire-breathing fictional monster captivate so many?

Myths serve several purposes. They instruct, they save cultural knowledge and they are used as a means of teaching children what to avoid. But myths also spur creativity in a way actual events cannot accomplish. When writing or telling a story centered around people and places the author is constrained by reality. Myths exist outside of reality in the plane of quantum mechanics. Anything that is physically possible must exist at the quantum level as potential.

We all have potential. It’s often buried under mortgages, marriages and jobs, but it is always there, waiting for the proper moment to soar. Myths keep hope alive. Somewhere, somehow, our time will come to ride the dragon and when it does, we will be the one granted immortality in a myth.

Bawdy Wench

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