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Reply To: The Editorial Function of Myth

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jamesn.
Participant

I want to add one last thing about this editorial aspect that may or may not be relative to what we are addressing. For me a lot of what Joseph talks about is concerning our inner landscape and how we interpret it. So much of our lives he suggests from what he found about myth is that many of these experiences we have are constant themes that seem to repeat themselves throughout human history and our inner editor helps us to deal with them. And whether it be through religion or story or motif we are seeking to know who we are and to bring that thing to either fruition, assimilation, or resolution.

I think in many ways our dreams speak to us in a language of symbols and images that remind us this process is what is taking place within our inner life only we are not aware of it; and Joseph’s work recounts this in many ways such as through the historical motifs and patterns he found from a lifetime of studying the worlds mythologies. From the paintings in ancient caves to the texts of the many religions to the incredible art they have left behind so much of this material speaks to this realization of the transformative of the transcendent elements and aspects that may be at work in our lives if only we can see it and become aware of it. And this editor aspect of this 5th function is addressing much of that. Carl Jung said that we as human beings are in a constant state of becoming whether awake or asleep; and these issues and dynamics are constantly at work informing our lives.

I remember Joseph using a metaphor once concerning the psyche and our unconscious and how our conscious awareness is like the captain that steers his craft across the sea and we are doing our best to navigate this great ocean of life we are riding on. At least this is what this editorial function seems to be serving to me.