Why have people from different cultures and eras formulated myths and stories with similar structures? What does this similarity tell us about the mind, morality, and structure of the world itself?
Jordan Peterson offers a provocative new hypothesis that explores the connection between what modern neuropsychology tells us about the brain and what rituals, myths, and religious stories have long narrated.
A cutting-edge work that brings together neuropsychology, cognitive science, and Freudian and Jungian approaches to mythology and narrative, Maps of Meaning presents a rich theory that makes the wisdom and meaning of myth accessible to the critical modern mind.
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“The truth seems painfully simple so simple that it is a miracle, of sorts, that it can ever be forgotten. Love God, with all thy mind, and all thy acts, and all thy heart.
This means, serve truth above all else and treat your fellow man as if he were yourself not with the pity that undermines his self-respect, and not with the justice that elevates yourself above him but as a divinity, heavily burdened, who could yet see the light.
It is said, it is more difficult to rule oneself, than a city and this is no metaphor. This is true, as literal as it can be made. It is precisely for this reason that we are always trying to rule the city.
It is a perversion of pride to cease praying in public, and to clean up the dust under our feet, instead; seems too mundane to treat those we actually face with respect and dignity, when we could be active, against, in the street.
Maybe it is more important to strengthen our characters than to repair the world. So much of that reparation seems selfish, anyway; is selfishness and intellectual pride masquerading as love, creating a world polluted with good works, that don’t work.
Who can believe that it is the little choices we make, every day, between good and evil, that turn the world to waste and hope to despair? But it is the case.
We see our immense capacity for evil, constantly realized before us, in great things and in small but can never seem to realize our infinite capacity for good. Who can argue with Solzhenitsyn when he states: “One man who stops lying can bring down a tyranny”?
Christ said, the kingdom of Heaven is spread out upon the earth, but men do not see it.657 What if it was nothing but our self-deceit, our cowardice, hatred, and fear, that pollutes our experience and turns the world into Hell?
This is a hypothesis, at least as good as any other, admirable and capable of generating hope why can’t we make the experiment, and find out if it is true? “.
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