The New Mythology

How uncertain times and a rapidly-shifting future leads to the next vision for humanity

Christopher Laine
Jul 5 · 12 min read
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Mythology is not a lie, mythology is poetry, it is metaphorical. It has been well said that mythology is the penultimate truth — penultimate because the ultimate cannot be put into words. It is beyond words. Beyond images, beyond that bounding rim of the Buddhist Wheel of Becoming. Mythology pitches the mind beyond that rim, to what can be known but not told. — Joseph Campbell

You live in a dark and uncertain time. You are watching the way of things, the world order you have always known begin to degrade, shift, corrupt. You see the flow of commerce move to new ports. Alliances crumble, new unimaginable threats to your way of life rear their head. The wealthy get even more affluent, and the poor are growing, both in number and in their weariness of putting up with it.

You are a citizen of the Roman Empire.

You were taught in word, culture, and custom that your civilisation and beliefs would last forever. You had no reason (until now) to believe otherwise.

We’re not so very different

It would be easy to slough off the similarities between ancient Romans and ourselves as nothing more than coincidence or broad-stroke commonalities. Yet that would be both simplistic and disingenuous.

Zoroaster and Dionysus: A Tale of Two New Mythologies

To answer this question, let’s first take a look at how Western civilisation’s mythologies came to be.

Zoroaster

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Zoroaster, the patriarch of Monotheism

Dionysus

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Orphic Dionysus from an Ancient Greek amulet

Our Mythology Is Changing

Mythology, like civilization, is always on the move. While the changes may feel slow to the point of being at a standstill, the fact is, a changing world invariably leads to a changing mythology, and vice versa.

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Christopher Laine

Written by

Author, programmer, would-be philosopher. Author of Screens https://christopherliane.net/screens

On the Philosophies of Madness

All things surreal, existential, and otherwise without bearing upon reality

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