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Khayam Arif

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What contribution does mythology make towards the improvement of society?

On one side we have sciences and technology,which have eased our lives through inventions but what is the contribution of mythology?


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  • Mar 25 2013: One key is to distinguish, what is a myth? It is said a little truth in every myth. I believe myths are generally passed on as oral history first. By the time they are written they have transformed through misinterpretation, opinion, translation, etc. I consider a prime example to be the Christian Bible. The danger is believing or putting any faith into these myths. They are excellent forms of learning as long as you consider the source. It is said that Sir Francis Bacon did NOT say "Knowledge, itself, is Power". He did say "Knowledge is HIS Power', referring to God. Some believe it was Hobbes, Bacon's early assistant, who credits him, making Hobbes the first to actually say it. Did Patrick Henry say "Give me Liberty or give me Death"? If they did not say these things, they are now part of Myths. The point is there is a message, someone said it, and it makes sense. Some individuals are "postertized" to mythical proportions like Washington, Columbus, or even Socrates. Washington had others write for him, Columbus kept 2 logs, and Socrates wrote nothing. Epicurus doubted the existence of his teacher's (Democritus) teacher, Luecippus, because he wrote nothing and Democritus "merged" everything into his work. In conclusion, I will believe the message without believing the messenger. "History is a beautiful thing...if only it were true."-Tolstoy (or someone).

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