Thomas de Groot <tho### [at] degrootorg> wrote:
> Op 08/07/2023 om 23:05 schreef Samuel B.:
> > Thomas de Groot <tho### [at] degrootorg> wrote:
> >> Op 7-7-2023 om 02:06 schreef Samuel B.:
> >>> Hi Thomas,
> >>> I saw that article too, and the idea of finding an ancient sword is inspiring.
> >>> [...]
> >> Hi Sam,
> >> Good to see you are still with us! The article has been the pretext to
> >> revisit and update a scene I did back in 2009 (I never showed it here
> >> though) about my very personal view on Grendel, the demonic villain in
> > I tend to think such beings represent psychological aspects of ourselves since,
> > like dreams, myths come from /something/, even if it's just the wreckage of
> > half-baked thoughts washing ashore ;)
> Yes indeed. What I am curious about is what lies /behind/ the myths, the
> original story or event as it were. Impossible to reconstruct obviously,
> in the vast majority of cases, but a rewarding quest for dreaming up
> "what if's..." which can then be turned into other stories or scenes.
For sure! One can always try of course, and that's probably where the the fun is
to be found ;)
It seems likely that - at least on an individual level - we can do things like
trace back our own mythology, discover the origins of our dream content, find
the seed of our beliefs, acquire self-realization, etc. Everything comes from
/something/. (The principle of cause and effect is pretty much indisputable at
this point.) And since we have at least some direct access to ourselves, we can
start there ':D
Despite what I said before, I am not a strict materialist, at least not in the
common sense... I don't see any difference between 'physical reality' and
'spirituality'. And I tend to believe in certain transpersonal and
parapsychological ideas which... might seem controversial to most. For instance,
I can imagine a mechanism by which telepathy might work. And that certain large
energetic systems, such as stars and galaxies, might have a form of sentience.
But, even if such things are true and actively influence us, the human brain has
a habit of filtering information and personalizing it based on lived experience.
Combine that personal filtering with novel mental states such as dreams, sleep
paralysis, psychosis, psychedelic states and whatnot, and you might just have
the beginnings of a myth.
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