The Study of Mythological Narratives.

The Study of Mythological Narratives.

In looking at myths, in this case the myth of Semele, I am concerned solely with the truth displayed in it, that is to say, with notions, concepts. I have no ulterior purpose beyond that of understanding the concept and its internal logic. I do not want anything for myself from it, I do not ask for a practical use or wish to get answers and help for living my life, for better mastering predicaments, for overcoming neurotic conflicts, for improving my self-development or simply for understanding myself better, nor to give some mythic depth to my reality. All such egoic and extraneous concerns I leave behind. Just as the geometric concepts of a triangle or octagon have nothing immediately to do with us and our real lives; but just as a clear comprehension of them differentiates and cultivates the MIND, so, too, the study of myths is not about us and our sole purpose in pursuing it should be to learn to comprehend something and thereby to refine the MIND. The study of a myth must be free, for interest’s sake only; our study must have everything it needs WITHIN ITSELF, even its reward. Its purpose is truth, insight, nothing else. “The truth shall make you free,” as the Bible says, and “Great is the power of truth and it shall prevail”, so does Tertullian.
— Wolfgang Giegerich, Ph.D. (Modified by me.)

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