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Thinking about Myths, Religion and Society

By Edited Apr 27, 2015 0 0


A myth is a story that pretends to explain the origin of something. All over the world, there were different myths, and, thus, every civilization had different mythologies. They were all different, as anyone who knows a little about Egyptian, Norse, Greek or Roman Mythology may tell, but they all had the same basic idea: The balance between good and evil; I often call it Yin and Yang, being the oriental culture lover I am.

In my opinion, this idea of balance, added to the consideration of life as being something sacred, to which every living being has a right, made people care much more about the consequences of their actions. I think it also pushed our ancestors to consider the benefit of their community over their own, and made them understand better that they could not live without nature: They knew they depended on nature and on each other to live. Ruled by this thoughts, they took fruits from the Earth, but always gave them back, to let them rot and feed the Earth (literally giving it nutrients).

We all know energy only changes in form, it can't be created nor destroyed, it flows. Life is the same, so I can, and like, to say that our ancestors followed the circle of life. That's how they lived in harmony with nature.

But I have mentioned energy, right? We also know energy can be converted to matter and viceversa because of physics. This leads me to think about buddhism, because living beings have energy in them, a soul, if you may. According to buddhism and other similar philosophies (for practical reasons, I will only mention buddhism in this article), this energy only flows when you die, while our bodies decay, also being converted into energy.

Now, quantum physics has pretty much confirmed another buddhist idea: We are ruled and shaped by our thoughts and ideas. We have found that our thoughts affect our reality in many little experiments. As a curious fact, several studies have been made about the correlation between meditation and peace at a global scale. A few thousands of people have been gathered to meditate in this studies, and the level of violence has always diminished during the time they were meditating. Look for the video: 2012 - A Message Of Hope. Some may say "correlation does not mean causation", but is this really valid when the results are so consistent?


This is a word that I truly love. It illustrates almost all of the above perfectly. It's an African ethic or humanist philosophy that focuses on people's relations with each other. There are various forms to translate it to English, as there is no real expression for it, but the main idea is the following: "I am because everyone is". Practically stated, this means: "If something is not good for everyone, it's not good for anyone". It is a quality of human beings, just like honesty is. One who has ubuntu is open and available to others, he does not feel threatened that others are able and good, because he knows that he belongs to a greater whole, as human beings, just as every other living creature, can't live in isolation.

It's got a little of the theory of chaos in it, as it defends that everything you do affects not only your surrounding, but the whole world, and maybe the whole universe. It also proposes similar ideas to those of buddhism, mainly because of the interdependence between human beings both philosophies defend. Not only is this true because we are ruled by our ideas. Our own ideas are a stronger influence, as they mold our brain, everyone's ideas influence our reality because, as ubuntu says, can't live in isolation, and even a little contact leaves an impression, an idea.

Can We Dominate Reality?

In my opinion, yes, we can. I have even given a hint, or various hints, about this on the article. It would definitely take a lot of effort though, because our ideas are pretty settled nowadays, and we all have grown more stubborn and less open-minded with time. What I mean is that almost everyone takes the laws of physics for granted, for example. What if they are wrong? What if they are only a production of our thoughts?

To aid my position, I'll leave you with this little idea: No one can explain gravity. Some may mention that the Higg's boson proves it's existence by explaining the origin of mass, but how can we confirm it's existence? Many astronomic concepts, such as black holes, dark matter and the Higg's boson are just hypothesis born to explain a phenomenon that we do not yet comprehend, much like myths.

I sometimes think the sacrifices and rituals our ancestors practiced actually gave results, when they really believed they would. So I will now leave you with another question: Given the fact that we can't see the full spectrum of light, and nobody knows what is it that we can't see, do you think that if every single one of us humans not only forgets about our inability to levitate over the ground, but believes we actually can, we would indeed be able to levitate over the ground with no apparent standing point?



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