Myth

Researching a project, I looked up the word “myth” and was reminded that the etymology is effectively – actual events encoded into allegory… or – hypothesised events encoded into allegory…

I mean, I knew that and yet I’ve always thought of “myths” as – things that were supposed to have happened but obviously didn’t… of course there’s Greek tragedy, Aesop, all that – but what about religious texts and fairy tales… reality encoded into allegory… just as maths is reality encoded into numbers…

You’d imagine maths was less artificial than human language, perhaps. And yet, every now and then, I get this weird feeling that maths isn’t real – it’s man-made – and it’s just a remarkable coincidence, worthy of inquiry – that it matches reality so well… And then it’s back to maths appearing as a natural phenomenon again…

Perhaps maths is the outline of a 6th sense, now absent. In the midst of a dark state of mind once, in highschool, I got lost on a walk that had gone on for hours… And there was some kind of instinctive geographer in my feet, that didn’t just know how to get back home, but also how to get back home faster than the way I’d come… I mean, OK – not that extraordinary, but the feeling was – very distinct – this is a physical, instinctual sense humans have forgotten… I couldn’t do it in non-dark-mode, there had to be a complete submission of will… The vibe was that the unfamiliar land was alive somehow and talking… The little features and variations in height, were as readible as a person’s body, should you throw yourself across their lap – you’d know not to lean there, the thigh can be leant on though, don’t put weight on your elbow – leaning there’s going to pain them… That was what the ground looked like – this furrow’s not quickest, oh yes, that hill’s signing the way…then to the lower ground for a while… Well that’s the thing – it a sense that doesn’t translate into English very well – but the mathematical version can be calculated after measurement – “Turn 30 degrees North, walk for 3 miles, etc. .”

With less language, less technology, less occupation, perhaps our ancestors did experience an aspect to reality, we now see as allegory – children seem to think inanimate things are animate, until we teach them out of it…

So as this sense started fading – we outlined what we felt with mythology… followed by maths… As with The Zodiac, first mythologised, then encoded further into The Bible, and now we quantify all life out of it, using maths… What after maths? Eventually, the belief that the language of reality is equivalently real to the language of virtual reality. An idea of real solidity as any truer than that experienced virtually will become the stuff of myth…