A myth is a powerful story that makes you feel at home in your body and in your world, while convincing you that there is more to life at the same time. Neat trick huh? Religions use this, often concentrating on a moral dimension to life and providing a spiritual path that is meant to work for many diverse people in the same way. This is why it often seems reductive, when examined from the outside.
But myth doesn’t require religion to be its vehicle. It can work with any set of powerful images and messages that offer that same double-trick: to make you feel complete in the here and now and to offer you the promise of more in the otherworld (or afterlife, of whatever other dimension it conjures up or refers to). This is why ideas like progress and profit can be mythic as well; because they offer you a sense of belonging and power, as you consume the products of your labour, as well as promising you that everything will be even better in the future, when you have even more of this stuff available to you. I came to realise this over many years of study and reflection, which included a PhD and postdoctoral research in the EU and several academic publications. But ultimately, this is a story about all of us and it needs to be told in a way that also provides potential solutions; seeing as myth is inevitable in human life, we might as well choose powerful stories that makes us feel at home in an ecosystem we are willing to care for and treat with love and responsibility! I’m not an academic anymore, I’m a storyteller. An ecomythic one, which I hope is important.
This is the premise behind my ecomythic documentary film series City Living, Nature Calling (see the Film page on this website). I’ll be adding more to this page, as well as adding more pages beneath it as I go. Keep coming back to check it out!