The Beauty of Mythology
In our minds, we all see different worlds.
Every great book holds the mythology of its people—realistic or fancied. They hold truths to our society, our place in it, and our unified fears. With every noble myth you find morals, and a wealth of lies. Often, these lies become us like the atoms that move us. It is difficult to see, but if searched. One may find new interpretations to formerly established ideas.
A great deal of our perspective tends to hinge on the imparted knowledge of our elders. Yet, as we grow we also learn from what inspires us and threatens us. For we all suffer our own trials guarded by monsters.
In our minds, we all see different worlds. Humanity, are a people of many interpretations, one webbed with a history of infinite misunderstandings. Our chronicled triumphs and failures may be argued as facts, but within every impressive narrative the art of imagination can be observed.
“Liar! I know that you humans build your life in lies. It starts with your mortal lords and their fabricated gods. They use fictitious stories to impregnate the minds of people, and like herds of sheep they do as their told.”
–Iko Sunflower, Lunora and the Monster King
Knowledge is memory, science is reason, and poetry is fantasy. Together they communicate our past with vitality. In my eyes, the writers that established human history are among the most powerful mortals to walk. Their words embody the voices of countless, and are even heard after their bones have withered and gone. Their dreams and experiences influenced civilization alongside the Kings and Queens of antiquity.
These words often carry our beliefs, laws, and wisdom. However, what can be deemed true? Mythology is a collection of recorded accounts, a form of history but embroidered to explain the present or the unknown. Yet, the same can be said about everything in the past.
For is history not merely an assortment of perspectives agreed upon by those that survive and rule it?
Is something touched by the imagination or hyperbolized real? To a degree, yes, because it is driven by the viewpoint of the individual that experienced it. Something fabricated may not exist now, but it may one day. Everything is subject to scrutiny, yet we cannot ignore the fact that what may seem fictional to us, is factual to another.
Personally, I look towards science to validate my own conception of reality. I would rather fight to know the truth, than deny the chance of it. Yet, even science is not fully grounded. The math may sit right for now, but it can change as with our perspective. Due to this alone, I cannot dismiss another person’s reality, nor can I deny the existence of the Old Gods.
We all have a right to exist in our own narrative. We do it the moment we are born, and the moment we dream. Often these are worlds that never were, places trapped in our minds until written, but without them we would go nowhere. Mythology has become a great part of our lives, and it will continue to do so. With every new book, the possibility of a new myth is born.
Art by: Omer Tunc
They are as real as the sun, and like the sun, untouchable. They are the dreams that motivate us. The warnings that guide us, and the place we seek to be when life is grueling. They turn us into explorers, heroes, philosophers, stargazers, villains, and much more. They are our chosen escape.
With every book read, a new world, life, or love has the chance to be discovered. Within our stories, the memories of forgotten voices can be heard. They are a timeless gale. In my life, I allow mythology to show me a life I never had. Why deny it as unreal, when reality is decided by the beholder.
Quote to Inspire:
“I liked myths. They weren’t adult stories and they weren’t children’s stories. They were better than that. They just were.”
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H.S. Crow has literary works appearing in all mediums of entertainment with a focus on fantasy, science fiction, and horror. He is an author traversing the theoretical and myth with novels and comics exploring the breathtaking Caligo, a vast universe containing our dreams and nightmares. Notable books include Lunora and the Monster King, Stars of Glass, and the upcoming epic Drums of Fog. However, his brilliance also transcends into poetry and music with scores that instills emotion and magic. The young author and music producer aims to challenge current issues with the imagination, and enchant the heart and mind of any who dares explore his madness.
H.S. Crow has literary works appearing in all mediums of entertainment with a focus on fantasy, science fiction, and horror. He is an author traversing the breathtaking Caligo, a vast universe containing our dreams and nightmares. Notable books include Lunora and the Monster King, Stars of Glass, & the upcoming Drums of Fog.
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