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Keep the Mythsteries Up

01 Jul

At the moment, I’m reading a decent book on most people’s favourite submerged island Atlantis.  With the advent of things like Google Earth and what not it seems more difficult to be romantic about such things these days, a lot of the mystery of exploration has been whittled away but who doesn’t love a good mystery, now and then.

Is ignorance, in this case, bliss, though?  It’s always great to speculate and dream about the wonders of the past or the universe or what not but isn’t the ending always a bit disappointing?

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Take TV shows for example, It’s the magic of not knowing that keeps us hooked and wanting to follow the journey and speculate on forums or in the pub about where it’s all going and what can be ruled out.  I tend to find that the answer to most mysteries become a let down, no matter how well conceived the story, it is done with and I long for the magic of tantalising clues, for the story to continue…for something more.

Take speculation on Atlantis…reading this book (Gateway to Atlantis), as with all history books about exploring, it conjures images of a freer time of cleaner air, wide open spaces, genuine mysteries and rubbish standards of living.  Once you realise how epic any speculation is on old-time exploration and myth then it becomes something more of an experience to read about, a long gone but heroic time where unicorns and gold digging ants, as big as foxes, roamed.

Without wanting to get on a rant about this, it seems like some archaeologists, scientists and historians who have theories that challenge the status quo are seemingly ignored, their works not publicised so that possibly, erroneous teaching can carry on.  This short-sighted view annoys me, I can see their point of view, who wants to be told that what they know is wrong but on the other hand, wouldn’t it be great to explore alternates, if nothing else to point out they are wrong.  Why is history blinkered when science is more open to new theories and constantly tests them against what we know.

Don’t get me wrong I don’t think Atlantis should be just believed but if scholars open their minds then perhaps worthwhile and sensible debate could be had, then we would all be richer for understanding our past or at least putting to bed another inaccurate theory.

Something particularly intriguing that I read a while back, was in the first and only Clive Cussler book, Inca Gold, that I have read.  He mentions the grave of a girl named Patty Lou Cutting, which is real and situated in a small village found in the Sonoran Desert in Mexico, he added it into the book purely to see if anyone would get in touch with him and shed some light on the matter, as far as I know, no one ever has.   The headstone of the grave is written in English and holds the words:

The dark night some stars shine through.

The dullest morn a radiant brew.

And where dusk comes, God’s hand to you.

It was nice to find something alluring in such an expected place, both for the author and for me as the reader. So what I say is revel in the mysteries…enjoy what you don’t know as much as what you do know for the magic may not survive in the answer…

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16 responses to “Keep the Mythsteries Up

  1. Alastair

    01/07/2013 at 20:16

    Very interesting. There are too many things that are discounted because some people don’t like to be told they are wrong. I will not mention what as I feel it would turn your post into something else.

    It would be nice to hand things out that say “This is what one theory is, but this nutter says this. Read it though and draw your own conclusions”

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    • StetotheJ

      01/07/2013 at 20:28

      With the advent of the internet, even with all the misinformation has the scope for people to do their own research, so your idea of the listing of theories is a good way for people to feel clued up. There are many books that are selective about what they use as evidence and ignore anything that may question their ideas.

      I think education and the way society is set up pushes people to not question and just accept whatever they are told, it is a sad state of affairs. I think this is where we bloggers could come in more though…..

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      • Alastair

        01/07/2013 at 20:46

        I agree. Not so much me because I am clueless. LOL. Those who are more knowledgeable – like yourself and others I could mention – could definitely help with education and re-education

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        • StetotheJ

          01/07/2013 at 21:00

          Rather than educating people on facts I think it is more pressing to teach people to enquire, question and think for themselves. Once we have people doing that then education and alternate ideas will open up everything and create vibrant networks of ideas and theories. We are onto something here my friend!

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          • Alastair

            01/07/2013 at 21:07

            That would be great. It is far too easy now to not think.

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  2. Cody McCullough

    02/07/2013 at 03:56

    I couldn’t agree more. There is definitely something special about a good mystery. Sometimes the answers that we come up with in our imaginations are better than anything that exists in reality. Great post!

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    • StetotheJ

      02/07/2013 at 17:14

      Cheers! It does make me wonder how dull the world would be if we didn’t have the imagination to make is seem a lot more sexier than it is.

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  3. Robyn Lee

    02/07/2013 at 05:11

    There is something about man and the attachment he has to his “stories” — I guess some want to cling to them, true or not? Maybe this is the case with Atlantis … almost like children who do not want to be told that there is no Santa ~ because it is so much more fun to believe!! I agree with you though (in comment to Alastair above) …we ought to be able to challenge, and question and come to our own conclusions, not simply believe what is written as fact based on the speculation of others. Myths are myths – history is supposed to be something else. I guess many would say this about the bible ~ historical records written by man inspired by God… hmmm? Always wondered about that one. I’m open though – and ‘unicorns and gold digging ants, as big as foxes’ sounds pretty cool indeed! 🙂 Love to you Ste J!!! ~ RL

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    • StetotheJ

      02/07/2013 at 17:22

      David Rohl’s books, starting with A Test of Time, revise Egyptian and Biblical chronology which seems to support the bible with actual physical remains that are seen as in the wrong place by current chronology. Intriguing to say the least. They (whoever they be) say that there is always a grain of truth in every myth, so perhaps there really is something to all these great mysteries, Atlantis, Mu, Lemuria, El Dorado, etc. Anything with even a possible basis with have us humans of a romantic nature dreaming. Love back at ya Robyn!

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      • Robyn Lee

        02/07/2013 at 18:25

        Yes – I agree that every myth is based in some truth! Also that there is an “ancient wisdom” that somehow seeps into many of these stories we might consider fables and such ~ poetry too… so those of us ‘romantic dreamers’ can dream – imagine and escape into the stories. Very interesting on the bible data … food for thought there! I believe it’s all good if it serves the reader in some healthy way -psychologically, emotionally, spiritually or other – right? Thanks for the Love Ste J! (my desktop has learned your name – yay!) Have a wonderful day ~ x RL

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        • StetotheJ

          02/07/2013 at 18:43

          When computers learn my name, I know I have finally arrived at the apex of my fame, lol. You are spot on with your observations as always, as long as people benefit in some wonderful way then the book has done its job and we grow as people. Reading seems a lot more noble, when put like that.

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  4. sakuraandme

    02/07/2013 at 05:47

    Hahahaha! I made the mistake of putting the song on to read the post! OMG! A serious subject became and laughing mess for me!! Forgive me? Lol hugs Paula xxx

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    • StetotheJ

      02/07/2013 at 16:26

      I like your way of reading a post, lol, especially as it put a smile on your face. I can never be to serious…except for when I am, that is.

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  5. RoSy

    03/07/2013 at 02:35

    Oooh – I like the word “Mythsteries!”
    I will now use it in a sentence: Life is full of mythstories – believe it or not.

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    • StetotheJ

      03/07/2013 at 20:02

      I tried it and sounded a bit camp, lol. Let us make this new word popular and claim royalties and spend them on angry llamas!

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