their own life cycle.
Stories that were once true and potent grow old
and infirm, and eventually they die.
Today this is happening to some of
our deepest stories, the great myths
of our civilization.
In particular, two related stories have forged
the world we know today, and both of them are nearing their end.
The first of these world-creating stories is the
Story of Ascent.
It says humanity has risen from a state of nature,
a state of scientific ignorance
and technological impotence, to becoming nature's lords and masters.
We have harnessed natural forces,
mysteries of the universe, overcome
limitations with technology.
The story claims that one day our
understanding and control of nature will be complete, thanks to nanotechnology,
space travel, zero-point energy, social and genetic engineering.
The second defining story of
our civilization is our Story of
Self: that we are discrete and separate
beings living in an objective universe.
You and I are separate -
mutually dependent, perhaps, in a practical way, but independent of each other
or anyone else for our basic being-ness.
From the selfish gene of
biology to the rational actor of economics to the flesh-encapsulated soul of
religion, all of our ideologies are aligned with our story of self.
And, from the medical system to the criminal justice system to the
money system, all of our social institutions enact it.
Both of these
defining stories are crumbling around us.
Neither is true any more.
Few people today greet the
Story of Ascent with
the same near-universal fervor of, say, the 1950s, as all the promises of
technotopia (the end of disease, unlimited energy, a leisure society, space
colonies) fade into legend.
Collapse, not ascent, is
the new meme, and this collapse ushers in new
realization of connectedness, of interdependency, and along with it the end of
the story of the discrete and separate self.
unencumbered man of reason no longer beckons as an ideal: we crave now
community, intimacy and connection." -
"Anyone who reads a novel for pleasure or
instruction takes an interest in both the closed fictional reality of that
novel and in the ways the book provides models or examples of the kind of life
that a reader might or might not chose to live. Novels are not written to be read
objectively or dispassionately, as if by some nonhuman intelligence. A reader
who identifies with the characters in a novel is not reacting in some naive way
that ought to be outgrown or transcended,
but is performing one of the central acts of literary understanding." - Edward
Mendelson A story is defined as a narration, account,
report or recital regarding the aspects of an event or a series of past events,
either true or fictitious.
seven basic plots that tell the human tale.
Tales have been historically told to relate
experience to those without it.
The first and most basic plot is overcoming the
hero on behalf of a community sets out to
overcome some monstrosity.
The malevolent monster personifies the dark
power of the human ego.
overshadow the disregarded
hero or heroine
of the second type of plot which involves a Rags to
hero or heroine
is eventually revealed as someone exceptional and the
story usually ends on
the image of a man and woman united in
A third plot, The Quest, centers
on the battle of a hero
and his companions
to reach some far-off and priceless goal.
In the end the power of darkness is overcome,
the treasure is secured
and the kingdom is established.
Again we often see the
hero united with the woman he loves.
The fourth plot is based on a
Journey and Return.
The heros or
drop out of their familiar
world into an abnormal world.
Its strangeness, at first exhilarating,
gradually turns to nightmare until,
in a final thrilling
return to where they began.
A fifth plot is that of Comedy.
Typically this is about the
confusion that keeps a
hero and heroine apart.
misunderstanding is resolved as darkness gives way to light
hero and heroine are united and
happily ever after.
essence of Tragedy is that it shows us what happens when
heros or heroines pass under the spell of the
dark power of the
Initially they enjoy dreamlike success but gradually
dream turns into nightmare and they are
The seventh and last plot is Rebirth.
A hero or
heroine is imprisoned by the
egotistical power in a state of Zombism,
similar to the living death that
all who strive endlessly for material possessions.
hero or heroine
is liberated by
someredeeming figure to end yet again
image of light
life and compassion over
death and separation.
Understanding how each of these plots
work is the gateway to unraveling the
mystery of how stories work, and why
we tell them. Great archetypal
patterns shape our instinctive drive to
create and follow stories.
myths and fables that survive the centuries all follow one of
the seven basic patterns of Overcoming
the Monster, Rags to Riches, the Quest, Voyage and Return, Comedy, Tragedy or
that resonates with all humankind is the
archetypical image of a man and a woman, masculine and
feminine, brought together in perfect compassion with the
darkness, which is still the most
completely resolved happy ending to any story, legend,
myth or fable.
"There is intrinsic value in our myths, and if our
children studied them earnestly, they would see elements common to all myths
and cultures. They would learn that the
Babylonians had many
creation myths and that the most famous one was not about
Marduk but about a
garden, the first garden:
the Judeo-Christian biblical creation myth has its roots in
Babylonian myth."- Denise
Clary-Wilson Narrative associated with cultural
Popular cultural narrative considered to illustrate a
A traditional cultural story accepted as
history which defines multiple aspects of cultural
A traditional cultural narrative
explaining aspects of the symbiotic relation by
psychology, morals, ethics, traditional customs and
ideals of a culture through gods, giants,
demigods - larger than life heroes - that serve
as archetypes in the worldview of the social
based on human avatars
a narrative of romanticized mythical
an unverified historical narrative unsubstantiated by the
historical record that may or may not be originally based on a fable or
Legend suggest there
was a queen named Scheherazade who
had been captured and sentenced to death by the
Sultan Schahriah of Arabia. In order
to save her life she told him tales of intrigue and adventure, stopping at the
most exciting part, so he would have to keep her
alive for one more night to
hear the ending of the fable.
legend states that after 1,001 nights, the Sultan granted her freedom and she
became his wife. She then recorded the fables so all could enjoy them. These
fables included 'Sinbad the Sailor', 'Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves', 'The
Barber's story of his First Brother', 'The story of the Husband and the Parrot'
and 'Aladdin and the Magic
Legend comes from the Latin adjective legenda, "for
reading, to be
read," which referred only to
written narratives, not to
traditional tales transmitted
orally from generation to generation.
This restriction also applied
to the English word legend when it was first used in the late 14th century in
reference to written accounts of saints' lives, but ever since the 15th century
legend has been used to refer to traditional narrative myths as well.
now speak of the legendary
accomplishments of a major-league baseball star or the
legendary voice of a famous opera
singer, anyone or anything whose fame promises to be enduring.
falsehood; fabrication; fiction;
a deliberately improbable account;
a tale of legendary exploits;
told to excite wonder;
an imaginative tale, intended to instruct and
a short mythical narrative of
moral tale (often with animal characters);
a short moral narrative making an edifying
or cautionary point;
connected series of events, forming the subject of an epic or dramatic
a fictitious narration often employing
animal characters that
speak and act like humans
intended to enforce some useful truth
folk tale a
common talk with a central theme;
a rumor or
piece of gossip, often malicious or untrue;
a narrative that relates the
details of some real or imaginary event or incident;
an incredible or
misleading fable for children using fantastic accounts to create desired
Aesop was a storyteller and
lived in ancient Greece around 300
BC. Many of his fables feature animals as main characters, facing the same
situations humans face everyday. Aesop's
fables showed how a human problem can be solved or how a human lesson is
learned. They typically dealt with
emotions such as jealousy, laziness, and lying and were designed for the
enlightenment and amusement of children as a stepping stone to
the Greek pantehon of gods.
Hans Christian Anderson, who lived in
Denmark in the 19th century, as a child was considered ugly and had very few
friends. As a 'loner' he read quite a
bit and dreamed even more. At 14 years of
age Hans moved to Copenhagen and
tried his hand as an actor when his father died. At the age of 30, he decided
to write down the tales he had been concocting and telling to children across
the countryside to pay for his travels. These tales, such as "The Princess and
the Pea", "The Emperor's New Clothes"
and "The Ugly Duckling" became treasured classical moral fables told to all of
the Creator and Sustainer's children.
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were brothers who
lived in Germany in the 19th century.
After their parents died, the brothers traveled around the country and gathered
tales from the local inhabitants. Upon the publication of the tales they had
gathered, the brothers became famous. Included in their collection of
stories are "The Wolf
and the Fox", "Hansel and Gretel"and "Snow White and the Seven
The fables of Aesop,
Hans Christian Anderson and
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm became
intertwined within Western culture, enriching and enhancing lives with
entertaining fables bearing lessons.
fictitious narrative illustrating a moral or
A short moral tale
often with animal characters as in
beside; a comparison; equivalent to the Hebrew mashal, a similitude.
short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious
principle, or moral lesson.
or comment that conveys a meaning indirectly by the use of comparison, analogy
Instruction through parables
has been in use from before recorded history and this comprises the Oral
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