Story-telling, Myths, Game Theory, and Personal Growth
The Story-Telling, Game Theorist, Troubleshooter, and Common Sense Problem-Solver
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Q. I have an interest in myths and story-telling. How can listening too, and telling and sharing myths and stories help a person to achieve his or her full potential?
A. In our modern, increasingly multi-cultural world, many different myths (made up games) with common underlying themes can co-exist. Some have been created in response to similar natural phenomena, or even a common source. In time, some of these myths may come together and naturally merge to create new myths. Today, there is likely a tech genius living in Central Africa who considers himself/herself Christian, Gay and loves punk rock music. Each of these is a way of being in the world and of seeing the world that could not easily have co-existed even thirty years ago. Now there is probably an online Meet Up group for such an individual.
In this high-tech digital world, we are living in a place where any person or individual, can create an instant myth through the manipulation of the media, or through some other tool of influence.
There are magazines on every supermarket shelf specializing in the “spreading” of legends and various forms of fake news that have been created by media and marketing experts. The conceptual artist, Andy Warhol, spoke of everyone having their “fifteen minutes of fame”. Even so, there is no specific system for the creation of myths. Myths, at least those with any staying power, are neither invented, nor accepted, nor rejected. They simply are formed by individuals and groups of individuals, often without any specific conscious intention, in response to the need for a specific narrative within a specific community. Most myths take many years, usually centuries, to create, and are not-so-easily destroyed or transformed, even when there are no facts to support their existence, and much evidence to question their validity.
The best and the most influential stories possess a symbolic meaning for a culture and society at large. This guarantees the long-term survival of these stories. When these stories take on a mythological quality, they provide a link for connecting cultural institutions of a group (tribe, city, state, or country) with universal truths.
Both individuals and groups need a reason to exist and these reasons may not hold up well under logical, fact-based scrutiny. A myth does not need evidence or verifiable facts to exist. They are based instead on a communal, often self-created reality (game) reflecting historical echoes and representing much more. This can be a good thing, especially in a highly functional, compassionate community.
Today the expansion of self-help groups, personal development programs, the human potential movement, a myriad of non-traditional therapeutic approaches and the general questioning of authority, has created an environment where individuals can explore the existing myths and stories of a group, and choose the group they want to be part of even creating their own story- their own game, if you are a student of game theory and game-based thinking. This is a good thing.
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