The ancients devised their myths to explain the world and universe, and their place within these.
The most important myths are not only enacted by battling gods and demigods but those entered into by real people.
Perhaps the greatest myths tell of the struggle between chaos and order.
Our heroes are not those who tell us everything is pointless and anarchic; neither those who we must focus on order and efficiency.
Our heroes are those who are prepared to step into the chaos and struggle for order.
“[W]e’re coming off a twenty five-five year posteighties period of efficiency, efficiency, efficiency. I think the unintended consequence of that entire efficiency era is that people diminished their questions to very small-minded ones.”*
The best and highest Self we can be, is not the product of being overwhelmed by chaos, nor having everything in our lives working sweetly, but the Self emerging from the struggle to overcome the chaotic, forging perseverance – because we know the world will change again and will will have to step into the fray once more.
“Why isn’t this working anymore?” is not the cry of the clueless but the deep question from someone prepared to admit Voldemort is back and work out how to defeat the Dark Lord.
(Keith Yamashita, quoted in Warren Berger’s A More Beautiful Question. Consider what efficiency has covered up, the “suicide machine” of “make more, faster” which means we live in the chaos of consuming the resources of 1.5 Earths.)