How much of your life is directed from the foundation of
unexamined mythology? What if we are all enacting some sort
of story in our lives?
Now what do I mean by story? I mean that we have some vision, set
of ideas, or beliefs about ourselves that define us as a central
character in what could be called a “myth” or “story” that we’re
living out. All of the elements of the story have been either
passed down as part of our culture or upbringing, intuited, or
we’ve just plain made up. We then go about enacting our stories
as if it they were true, thus embodying the script from which we
live our lives.
So now you may say, “yes I can certainly buy that, I’m very well
aware that we are a product of our own thoughts and beliefs. So
what’s the big deal?”
The big deal is this. The vast majority of us don’t know that
we’re enacting a story. We actually think this is real life that
we’re living! (see the movie Matrix for a great metaphor). By
real life, I mean that we’re approaching life based on a set of
assumptions that aren’t necessarily backed by good evidence. So
when you don’t know that you’re enacting a story, you are
completely at its mercy with little control over the role you
play and the course it takes.