Wednesday, January 05, 2005
The Vision Statement
What is a MythoPoet? Myths are not made up in laboratories or fabricated by focus groups. A Myth must grab the imagination. A Myth must sing. Words to grab the imagination, words to sing a story, words like that are poetry. And Poetry is written by a Poet. A MythoPoet is a creator of Myths. The one who can bring a song out of a story, who succeeds in making that story resonate in the imagination, is a MythoPoet.
No god, no culture hero ever revealed a profane act. Everything that the gods or the ancestors did, hence everything that the myths have to tell about their creative activity, belongs to the sphere of the sacred and therefore participates in being. In contrast, what men do on their own initiative, what they do without a mythical model, belongs to the sphere of the profane; hence it is a vain and illusory activity, and, in the last analysis, unreal. The more religious man is, the more paradigmatic models does he possess to guide his attitudes and actions. In other words, the more religious he is, the more does he enter into the real and the less is he in danger of becoming lost in actions that, being nonparadigmatic, "subjective," are, finally aberrant.
Mircea Eliade, The Sacred and the Profane