The Living Force
Had noticed what you said here when reading this thread this morning and it reminded me of something. Now I don't know if you ever caught some of what Harold Bayley (The Lost Language of Symbolism) had written, for instance the children's story Cinderella is a case in point that goes back a long way uin history having been weaved throughout cultures and myths. There is a pdf link here and it is not easy to cheaply find, or it was not then.Some of the seemingly European fairy tales reach back thousands of years and there are variants of the same stories in other parts of the world (e.g. the other side of Eurasia) and we share these stories despite cultural / religious / language borders. These fairy tales are also archetypal stories and it seems some reach back to the dawn of human history/ human societies. Fairy tales also teach about good and bad and what happens when you decide to go a "wrong" or "right" way. They also teach that there is evil in the world. Some of them teach that material goods are not important but human values. There are also supernatural elements in some fairy tales. There is more about them than the "children tales" our society want to see in them IMO.
I think that (fairy) tales and also cultural/ moral standards of a society could be as important as religion.
I just read this. Excellent work, Florian!!!For example, check out Florian's take on this general topic that we just published on Sott.
It's a good example of how a different approach may appeal to different people.Here is an old idea: our world is part of a living universe, with a mind of its own, a place that is not only a playground for indulging desires, but also a school for learning from the suffering generated by the struggle of existence. This idea...www.sott.net
Some very impressive writing you folks have done.