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Let me begin by saying, Sex – YAY! Love sex, freedom, do your own thang, right on. Here, the emphasis is on whether any given thang is your own.

What I mean by myth or mythic imagination is the deep structures of the mind, the undying architecture of the soul, the gulfstreams and humbolt currents of the heart. I mean that these structures were created for the benefit of the species, though through the marvelous efficiencies of god and nature, they are also ends in themselves for the individual, the family and the culture.

The functions of myth center on survival through wisdom, which is the chief attribute of our species. Wisdom mostly being a long-term thing, the capacity for one generation to pass down its hard-earned wisdom, warnings and methods from one to the next, is the essence of our success. And for better and worse, we are a very successful species. The beauty of myth is that it is survival of all aspects of being a human being that is encoded in myth. While mythic stories and folktales contain many out and out physical survival recommendations, there are just as many psychological and spiritual truths emerging within the universal catnip of storytelling. The storytelling progresses through vivid images. And the images are able to carry many meanings all at once. A mythic image is a grenade that can detonate wisdom at the time it is needed, even if it wasn’t understood on that level when it was originally heard.

When I talk about the deep structures of the mind and soul, I’m mainly talking about stories, images, rhythm, repetition, the things that get something into you and keep it there. As a performance artist, I’m very aware that these are my tools, we all work with the hard-wired virtually inescapable structure of human response and memory.

The greatest danger to you personally, to your society, to the world, is the hijacking of these structures in order to manipulate and subvert human freedom. This mythical imaginative field exists in every person’s mind, heart and soul and we developed it for crucial beneficent reasons. Narrative is the core of the capacity for memory and crucially also for meaning. Meaning establishes priories and determines action. When that part of you is hijacked by Coca Cola or pornography or Al Queda, there is someone else benefitting from your operating system, your power supply, your brain, your heart, your soul – and it isn’t you. Usually the opposite, it is to your detriment.

So here is this guy, Ran Gavrieli, talking about the experience of being hijacked and what he’s decided to do about it. It’s a 15 minute TED talk but he gives his idea in the first two sentences.

http://www.upworthy.com/theres-something-absolutely-wrong-with-what-we-do-to-boys-before-they-grow-into-men?c=reccon1

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