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
natural limitations with
story claims that one day our understanding and control of nature will be
complete, thanks to nanotechnology, space travel, zero-point energy, social and
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
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
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
of the second type of plot
which involves a Rags to Riches scenario.
heroine is eventually revealed as
someone exceptional and the
story usually ends on the image of a man and
woman united in perfect
A third plot, The Quest, centers
on the battle of a hero
companions to reach some far-off and priceless
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 escape,
they return to where they
fifth plot is that of Comedy.
Typically this is about
the confusion that keeps a
misunderstanding is resolved as darkness gives way to light
heroine are united and live
happily ever after.
essence of Tragedy is that it
shows us what happens when
heroines pass under the spell of the
dark power of the
Initially they enjoy dreamlike success but gradually
the dream turns into
nightmare and they are destroyed.
The seventh and last plot is Rebirth.
heroine is imprisoned by the
power in a state of
similar to the living death
all who strive endlessly for
or heroine is liberated by
someredeeming figure to end yet again
image of light triumphing over
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 light
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."-
Legend is defined as:
A popular cultural narrative accepted as
Narrative illustrating cultural ideals and
A traditional cultural narrative
explaining aspects of the symbiotic relation by
ethics, traditional customs and ideals of
a culture through
descended gods and larger than life
heroes that serve as
archetypes in the
the social cultural
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
falsehood; fabrication; fiction;
a deliberately improbable account;
a tale of legendary exploits;
tale told to excite wonder;
an imaginative tale, intended to instruct and
a short mythical
narrative of supernatural events;
a short moral tale (often with animal
a short moral
narrative making an edifying or cautionary point;
a connected series of events, forming
the subject of an epic or dramatic poem.
a fictitious narration
often employing animal characters that speak and act like humans intended to
enforce some useful truth or
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
philosopher who 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 Dwarves".
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
fictitious narrative illustrating a moral or
A short moral tale
often with animal characters as in Aesop's fables.
A placing beside; a
comparison; equivalent to the Hebrew mashal, a similitude.
allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious
principle, or moral lesson.
statement or comment that conveys a meaning indirectly by the use of
comparison, analogy or metaphor.
Instruction through parables has been in
use from before recorded history and this comprises the Oral
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