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You have intuited a revelation that has been examined by many thinkers, and seems to be a consequence of our reliance on language to communicate
meaning from one individual mind to another. It is not that myths and mythological thinking is a conspiracy orchestrated by a few to manipulate the
whole, it is that myth is a fundamental mode of transmitting meaning, something built in to us (DNA?). It satisfies basic emotional needs, it provides
a framework upon which the chaos of life experiences can be organized. The mythologic is alive and active, not old and dead. The various stories we
internalize about our families, our homes, our country, are both manufactured and mythologic, in that they reflect emotional (imaginary) needs and
motives of the culture and society that creates the model, yet we need this faculty because it allows us to unite under a broader mytho-historic
narrative, and look back at our ancestors for inspiration and caution, while pushing the story forward. The down side to this habit of perception, is
the need to continually refresh the story to keep it viable, making one vulnerable to manipulation through modification of the story.
A passage by Michel Foucault from "Nietsche, Genealogy, History" about how "effective history" (the constructed story we tell about past events)
"History becomes 'effective' to the degree that it introduces discontinuity into our very being-as it divides our emotions, dramatizes our
instincts, multiplies our body and sets it against itself. 'Effective' history deprives the self of the reassuring stability of life and nature, and
it will not permit itself to be transported by a voiceless obstinacy toward a millenial ending. It will uproot its traditional foundations and
relentlessly disrupt its pretended continuity. This is because knowledge is not made for understanding; it is made for cutting."
The myths, the stories that tell us who we are, where we come from, true or false or neither, are in a sense, living constructs that function as
communication/psychological tools, that have a life of themselves, need to reproduce, and to do so they must kill the old story, to "disrupt its
pretended continuity", and cut a violent path to new meaning by destroying the "myths" of the past, the "true" stories that suddenly become lies,
manipulations, and falsifications.