by Mike Kay
The modern mind is fixated upon the phenomenal world and its experience of it. Thus myth is dismissed as mere childish explanations and uneducated speculation.
In such a perspective, there is no understanding of the role myth plays in human life or even comprehension of what myth actually is. This perspective does not eliminate the activity of myth in the human endeavor; it merely places the workings of myth out of the sphere of recognition and consciousness. Myth thus becomes a poorly understood aspect of human behavior, one that continues to function despite ignorance and denial.
Myth is the means by which mankind provides meaning and a narrative to life.
Myth continues to function as the single most powerful galvanizing force in the psyche.
Society, and this includes modern society, organizes itself around a guiding myth. All societies develop and employ mythology, and it is the myth, far more than any actual event, which determines the veracity, reputation, and light in which the society is seen.
A clear example is the myth of the free man in American society. His freedom is, mythologically, superior to the forces which seek to control him. This freedom is the reason for jealousy and mimicry seen around the world, and it is what sets America apart from the myth that supports the rest of the world.
As a guiding myth, this is the framework for Americans to make sense of their journey, and to understand their experience in the world. This myth is well received in America because it has been adopted by the majority of the people as a functional condition of their existence.
In the broadest sense, myth encompasses any endeavor that involves a meaningful purpose. Thus myth is crucial for the direction of a society, the establishment of shared goals, and the narrative through which to make them accessible. Plato understood this thousands of years ago, that the proper use of myth has a directive and unifying force within society, and that myth can be employed to both illustrate great truths and to explain them.
Myth continues to function in politics, in the consciousness of the people, and in the assumptions of a society. In a very real sense, the first myth of a society is that which establishes itself as an entity in the wider world, nationalism. The nation as a group that communicates identity and a purpose are indeed mythological. It was said, upon the political, economic, and military developments that finally unified Italy, that the next step was to make the people Italians.
Nationhood is thus an assumed identity with a story and a meaningful experience, with perhaps the most critically-a destiny and at least an implied future. Thus, the founding of any nation must include its founding heroes, its own ideology, and its own unique identity. All of this is functional within the umbrella of myth.
Humanity, however, must live in this area of existence, and here, there is no light without dark. The forces that manifest in this world have their own direct complement. With each action comes an equal and opposite reaction. Just as there is a unifying and conflict diffusing element to myth, so there also is a corrosive and destructive side to it. Corrosive myth has long been used to subjugate certain groups, to force them to provide necessary wealth and treasure, to harvest the energy of a people and rob them of it, so that this energy can be used by others for purposes not necessarily in keeping with the needs of the harvested.
The destructive aspect of myth assumes its own propriety and often mimics the appearances of wholesome myth. The two can easily be distinguished, however, for while correct myth energizes and explains, dark myth bankrupts and blames. Dark myth is well represented in today’s world. Like the poison of a parasite that first immobilizes its prey, dark myth demonizes entire libraries of symbols, perverts the meaning of ultimately genuine concepts, and denigrates the efforts of men to build society. No better example of a dark myth exists today than the Nazi.
The Nazi myth today exists independent of any historical reality. It is indeed a myth, for it functions to both sanctify and identify its official victims as members of their own unique group, with a status above criticism and examination. This function of dark myth recently came clear as a certain Hollywood actress compared her condition to the condition of the sacred victim of Nazi myth. She was quickly punished for her transgression. The sacred victims of the Nazi myth are extremely jealous of their rarified status.
The Nazi myth is historic largely due to the rejection of evidence and fact in its development. Nazi myth did not arrive out of whole cloth from the bowels of WW2; it was carefully crafted through the decades to include the themes of vengeance, punishment, and the sacred victim. Current Nazi myth did not fully arrive on the scene until decades after WW2, as the magnification of certain elements of the narrative wasn’t fully in place until decades after the war.
That the Nazi myth functions as a control mechanism in modern society are beyond dispute. That it is the single most important factor in the construction of the sacred victim complex is also beyond dispute. The Nazi myth is a powerful justification for the brutal occupation of Palestine by a Caucasian people with no genuine historical roots in the area. Thus, more than any other recent myth, the Nazi myth continues to have gigantic and unprecedented ramifications in the world today. This alone would make the Nazi myth an object worthy of study, yet the manner in which the myth is used to link into nationalism, and the fictional creation of independent identity for political, organized crime, and military objectives clearly places the Nazi myth in a class of its own.
In order to better understand the modus operandi of Nazi myth, we need to have a closer look at a far older mythic construct, nationalism. Nationalism is a very old mythic construct, dating back thousands of years. Nationalism, in the mythic sense, is the story of a people with a similar path of descent from the divine, or semi-divine origins, to the current condition. The purpose of nationalism is to create a unique identity, a unique experience, and the expectation of a unique future for the group that falls under the auspices of that myth. A natural example here is the myth of Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome.
In recent years, the venerable myth of nationalism has been under direct, sustained attack in the west. Modern social engineers have sought to destroy it and supplant the themes of shared heritage with a globalist setting. These efforts, while effective against the very young, quickly become awkward and absurd when applied to a larger milieu. Globalism cannot command the mythic power of the divine, or even semi-divine origin, because globalism features shadowy operators in behind-the-scenes criminal activity to achieve its hegemony. Due to its own very nature, globalism is a failure upon the mythic plane. Nationalism cannot be artificially scaled up to global proportions. This truth is obvious, even amongst the purveyors of sacred victimhood, as they themselves loudly proclaim their right to their own state, their own nation, regardless of the consequences to others.
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