reply to post by kidflash2008
One thing is for certain, there has been a concerted effort by someone, or some group to dumb down the populace, and introduce cultural memes and
doublespeak into the lexicon. Take the word myth so prominently used in this threads title as just one example, to illustrate just how manipulated
the O.P. has been. Since time immemorial myths have been those tales told of creation stories, origin stories, and most importantly; tales of heroic
adventures. Whether these tales be fiction or not is less relevant than their ability to survive the ages, and they survive the ages because of their
message. Yet, the word today has been bastardized to mean falsehood, or lie.
Where the cultural meme placed in society has been that of a word that means nothing more than falsehood, myths in reality speak universal truths,
particularly that of the reluctant hero and their call to adventure. Whether it be Hercules, Jesus, Luke Skywalker or Spiderman, the tales are told
to inspire humanity to be heroic. However, when the word myth itself is relentlessly used to mean falsehood, is it any wonder that then myths
themselves become glossed over and paid little attention to? Take, as just one example, the myth of the fall from grace and subsequent expulsion from
the Garden of Eden.
Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden for eating fruit from the Tree of knowledge of Good and Evil
, not just simply "the tree of
knowledge". It was not knowledge in general that Adam and Eve were warned against obtaining, it was a specific knowledge, and that was the
distinction between good and evil. This is an important distinction to make, and radically changes the interpretation from that of knowledge in
general. Where the O.P. has taken an interpretation that the message from this myth is that all knowledge is good and bad, the irony of such an
interpretation is that it hard to believe the O.P. has actually read Genesis and considered its message carefully.
It should come as no surprise that a person who believes they have been conspired against to come to believe knowledge is bad, would have so little
knowledge of Genesis and its precise language, (even if translated ad nauseum), and what that language is attempting to communicate. Further, where
there are numerous interpretations of the fall from grace, most interpreting this myth to be a cautionary tale of what happens when one disobeys God,
it is more than likely a precautionary tale of what happens when one disobeys the law, a law that even God is subject to.
If the Garden of Eden is presented as a Utopian life where all things are good, and those who live in such a Utopia are warned from eating a fruit
that would then give them knowledge of both good and evil, it stands to reason that if this person chooses possessing knowledge of both good and evil
that they would necessarily have to leave their Utopian home where only good exists. How can one possibly come to know evil in a Utopian ideal where
only good exists? Thus, in order to fully possess the knowledge of good and evil, it was necessary that Adam and Eve leave the Garden of Eden and go
out into the world, and come to know both the joys and horrors of mortality.
Of course, all too often, religion is presented as a dogma where reason does not apply, but this is simply not true, and while there have indeed been
priest class elites who have conspired to keep from humanity the true texts and meanings of those texts, truth has a wily way of presenting itself to
those who seek it, and often times even for those who are not seeking it. Where the O.P. insists that no one may challenge the interpretations of the
priest class elite, history is filled with great man who did exactly that, even if that history be told in myths, such as Prometheus, or Jesus, and
even the myth of Galileo, (for surely historians challenge the efficacy of his famous and sullen utterance; "And yet it still moves"), these are men
who defied the elite and demanded the truth be told.
All to often, the truth is presented as some specific knowledge that brings to those who possess it the authority of being right, and those who lack
it the condemnation of being wrong, as if contradictory facts can't both be true. The complexity of truth lies in the reality that not all
contradictory facts can be true, but that there are times when contradictions can both be true. The real problem in coming to know the truth is not a
lack of knowledge, but instead a lack of wisdom. What good is knowledge if we have no idea what to do with such knowledge? This, I suspect, is the
real message of the fall from grace myth; that Adam and Eve were ill equipped to possess the knowledge of good and evil, and had to go forth into the
world and respond, (ever so reluctantly) to their own call to adventure, so they may develop the wisdom necessary to handle the knowledge of both good
and evil, a contradiction in knowledge, and yet truth.
The message of the fall from grace myth goes beyond just simply gaining the wisdom to handle the knowledge of good and evil, it tells a tale of a
longing to return to paradise, where contradictory thoughts are harmonized into a satisfaction of unconditional love. Good and evil are not truths
that bring with it knowledge of a higher power, but strange and necessary constructs for a lesser power that must somehow make sense of the horrors
and tragedies that befall them.
The irony of the O.P. is that it begins by presenting simplistic contradictions and offers them up as a construct created by elites to control the
masses, but ends by offering a message that we should always question and never fear the labels others would place upon us because we question, and in
offering this message, the O.P. has echoed the great myths told since time immemorial. Prometheus defied the gods and brought knowledge of fire to
humanity, and in doing so taught humanity that they can indeed know what the gods know. Sisyphus defied the gods and questioned the value of
punishment by embracing his eternity of pointlessness through commitment of action, and inspired humanity to question the authority of the gods. Both
Hercules and Jesus offered up a better way to live, and taught that a life lived in the service of humanity was the better life, and in doing so
taught humanity that hero's will accept responsibility, not just for their own action, but for the actions of many.
These are the messages of myths, that serve to instruct us in how we might live a better life while here on this planet as biological constructs, and
if we are to question authority, perhaps we would be best served to question the dubious and lazy nature of doublespeak. Words have power, and not
just in their symbolic way of communication, (which is vital to communication), but in their vibrational frequencies, words effect us to our very
core. Thoughts are things and when we understand this, we are better equipped to choose those things that better serve our purpose.
Why would we agree to use a word such as myth to denote falsehood or lie, rather than simply use the words falsehood or lie? What is to be gained by
discounting the truth about myths in order to have this word used in our vocabulary to mean something other than what the word was intended for? How
many words have fallen prey to this insidious doublespeak? Selfishness has been defined as having a chief concern for ones own interest, especially
with disregard for others, but reason and logic dictate that as humans having regard for others is in our best interest. Liberal is simply defined
being broad minded, but now is used to denote a specific dogma. Conservative is simply defined as one who conserves, and yet today it is used to
describe a particular progress towards fascism, and since this progression towards fascism doesn't particularly fit within the parameters of
conservative, a new term is invented, and now we have "neo-conservatives".
Thoughts are things, and we clarify our thoughts through the use of words. When those words become less clear in their meaning, they do not loose
their vibrational power, and on a higher frequency they don't even really loose their meaning. So, if we are to agree without question that words
can mean whatever we choose for them to mean, we become prey to our own subconscious, never consciously realizing the damage we are doing by using
words inappropriately. Question indeed, and we should begin by questioning the true meaning of words, and why too many of those words today have
strayed so far from that meaning. How could we ever possibly unite, if we cannot even effectively communicate? How could we ever hope to agree, if
we can't even agree on what words mean?