Golden Rules and Golden Ages
I have long subscribed to the sort of jungian/jospeh campbellian school of religion/myths as archetypes, as reflections of the human subconscious and our fundamental drives, needs, and natures erected, selected, and preserved by (and perhaps preserving of) humanity.
such stories are preserved to the extent that they serve this role well and help us understand what it is to be us, why are we here, what is a good life, how we are to consider and comport ourselves with regard to our own selves and our fellows, what happens when we die, and the other “big questions.”
pondering this instinct and inclination rapidly leads one to vonnegut style ideas about how useful religions could be based entirely upon lies and points to a form of “harmless (or even useful) lie” that his invented bokononist faith terms “foma.”
“live by the foma that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy”
serves as opening epigram to “cat’s cradle” and this idea sets up the dichotomy i’d like to draw here:
there are truths and there are truths.
one truth is factual. this is a thing. it happened. it exists. it involved real people and real things and they behaved in certain ways. this truth tends to underpin ideas like science and scientific method. let’s (arbitrarily) call this “the first truth.”
but there is another truth. this truth is a story. this truth is a meme, an avatar. it may not have happened. the people and things in it may not be real. but this truth can still be truth to the extent that it captures, encaps
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