Myth, especially modern myth (and there seems quite a bit of it)is interesting, if looked at with a wary eye and pursuit of 'truth' as a real value.
One wonders how much one is originally confronted with is actual truth, and how much may be fiction, or myth, really. While I might understand some reasons behind myth, seems much needs belief just to stand a chance to exist. But, really, the reality seems to come afterward, or some are totally lacking validity and poven such, and never, as intended, become unassailable truth. Myth has its functions in the life of a man, but who'll readily admit such? I include myself and my personal beliefs here, too. If you believe something hard enough, does it become 'real'?
Most seem to look at myth as historical, from a time in which we, as a general population, may have been less comparatively informed, such as classical Greece or Rome and its specious cosmological visions. But isn't myth fully functional today and the common man just as likely to function in that realm? How many beliefs (myths) aren't yet proved, falsely concocted, or the truth lay hidden purposely?
Main Entry: myth
Etymology: Greek mythos
1 a : a usually traditional story of ostensibly historical events that serves to unfold part of the world view of a people or explain a practice, belief, or natural phenomenon b : PARABLE, ALLEGORY
2 a : a popular belief or tradition that has grown up around something or someone; especially : one embodying the ideals and institutions of a society or segment of society *seduced by the American myth of individualism Orde Coombs* b : an unfounded or false notion
3 : a person or thing having only an imaginary or unverifiable existence
4 : the whole body of myths
and once a portion of the definition is read, another word contained within the definition, 'ostensibly', begs definition also:
Main Entry: ostensible
Pronunciation: *-*sten(t)-s*-b*l, *-
Etymology: French, from Latin ostensus, past participle of ostendere to show, from obs-, ob- in the way + tendere to stretch more at OB-, THIN
Date: circa 1771
1 : intended for display : open to view
2 : being such in appearance : plausible rather than demonstrably true or real *the ostensible purpose for the trip*
synonyms see APPARENT
and another definition contained within that definition:
Main Entry: plausible
Etymology: Latin plausibilis-worthy of applause, from plausus, past participle of plaudere
1 : superficially fair, reasonable, or valuable but often specious *a plausible pretext*
2 : superficially pleasing or persuasive *a swindler, then a quack, then a smooth, plausible gentleman R. W. Emerson*
3 : appearing worthy of belief *the argument was both powerful and plausible*
-plausibly \-bl*\ adverb
it surely appears that things are open to display for proof, but not yet 'proof', simply plausibe.
So lives are lived and (taken or given) based upon what? Reality? One (myself) might need to be convinced.
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