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Expand your horizons! Any mythology worth remembering will be global in scope. The earth is our home and humankind is our family.

Discussion

Myths are where you find them. The more you look in more different places, the more you will find myth and its sources. Read books and stories. Study new disciplines. Visit foreign lands and feel how being foreign is.

Myths have been around for much longer than you. Although you may make and extend stories, the ones that last have done so because they resonate and have meaning for many people, perhaps different meaning in subtle ways for each person. If you can explore the process of understanding in each person then your power and your stories can only grow.

Making stories itself is a process of learning. Even more, telling stories is humbling in what you find in the faces of those who listen. Great storytellers are great learners.

 

'Expand your horizons' is one of the 'Ten Commandments for Reading Myth' as defined by Joseph Campbell.

See also

Campbell, J. (1972). Myths to Live By, New York: Bantam Books

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