You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Reply #20: I think myth has outlived it's usefulness. [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Religion/Theology Donate to DU
ozone_man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:57 AM
Response to Original message
20. I think myth has outlived it's usefulness.
Of course, what constitutes myth can have various definitions. I think in general, we need to teach critical thinking to survive past the next century. The threat of religious war and harm to the environment are two areas that critical thinking must keep us from the brink of disaster. We're still fighting wars based on the ancient mythology of Abrahamic religions. We need to get beyond this stage of civilization. Regarding the environment, we need to think critically about impacts like global warming, pollution, over population, sustainable living, before we've destroyed nature and reduced the quality of life to very low levels.

I do think that humans have "spiritual" needs, but these needs can be built on rational foundations. We can live in harmony with the world, with nature, while fulfilling a wholesome, "spiritual" lifestyle. But there is no room for religious delusions that offer heaven and afterlife to believers instead of dealing with the reality and a sustainable existence on Earth. This may not mean complete destruction of all myths, but at the very least, myths need to stand up to the light of reason. For example, I think deep ecology or some other environmental based philosophy/science/life style is compatible with myths that may consider the Earth as a life force at the global level. Without making a deity out of the Earth, we can still show reverance to the Earth, hold it as sacred, maybe even allow room for myths. Any myths though need to exist side by side with reason. We can't go back to the age of mythology, before the age of reason.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top

Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Religion/Theology Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC