Myths In A Time Of Storytelling

I’m inspired by Joseph Campbell – his research, teaching, and thinking regarding the power of myths is impressive. There’s a reason that certain stories resonate deeper with all of us. In this age of storytelling, it’s got to make sense to go back to myths. Ask yourself, what is it about certain stories that their impact was powerful enough to spread across the world for generations? Yes, it’s wonderful to have something you’ve helped create gain incredible viral speed on the Internet, but will it be with us and continue to be shared for hundreds, maybe thousands of years?

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In discussing the new myths of our time, Bill Moyers interviewed  Joseph Campbell in Moyers’s wonderful series “The Power of Myth”.  He asked Campbell about new myths for today and Campbell replied, ” When you see the earth from the moon, you don’t see any divisions there of nations or states. This might be the symbol for the new mythology to come. That is the country that we are going to be celebrating. And those are the people that we are one with.” “Chief Seattle was the last spokesman of the Paleolithic moral order. In about 1852, the United States Government inquired about buying the tribal lands for the arriving people of the United States, and Chief Seattle wrote a marvelous letter in reply.”

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Chief Seattle

Written in 1854, it’s 158-years old contents were never truer than today. It’s one of the most wonderful descriptions of our relationship to the earth by a great thinker, poet, and leader. Listen to his thoughts.  Then, think about setting aside a little time each day to be quiet and listen to the voice of the universe.  Go back, find great mythic stories.  Discover wonderful thinkers and writers from the past. They weren’t distracted by all the bells, pings, rings, and news bulletins of today. They had time for reflection and this reflection is a powerful, powerful force.