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History & Myths: A regular man’s channel to organized truth

"History and myths as inspirations have always shaped the destiny of common man in all cultures and lands. But when they are organized for presentation at later dates, the casualty is always they who live regular lives. On the face of an all-encompassing, all engrossing, demonic and dangerously opinionated times in the global society, where psychological evolution is rather in the reverse direction, things can be only more wrong."

Gurbir Singh : October 04, 2009

One feels tempted to recount a classic J. Krishnamurti joke, which he sometimes used in his discourse to chink some humor in an otherwise serious deliberation. He would say, “The devil and a friend of his were walking down the street, when they saw ahead of them a man stoop down and pick up something from the ground, look at it, and put it away in his pocket. The friend said to the devil, “what did the man pick up?’. ‘ He picked up a piece of Truth,’ said the devil. ‘That is a very bad business for you, then’, said his friend. ‘Oh, not at all,’ the devil replied, ‘I am going to let him organize it.’
 
This prompts one to take an unusual stare at the warm and winning word ‘organize’ and see if at a deeper level it spoils the pristine purity of content of something to replace it with its suitable and convenient version. Of mundane matters, it may or may not be true for obvious reasons, but for stuff concerning the past, like history or myths, it is always so. Ever since, man of some clout anywhere in the world has become politically conscious of the psychological powers which both history and myth hold over the collective subconscious of the masses, he has been unabashedly using them for creating mass frenzy for his own selfish end. Kings and emperors, demagogues, pedagogues and leaders in politics and religions have heavily relied on this. Trouble is that they have been morally supported by many extremely talented poets, authors, academicians, preachers and historians. All times are privy to this actuality. One need not go an extra inch in his mind to try locating examples and illustrations of such kind.

An overzealous and maniacal Hitler used the myth of the supremacy of the Aryan Race over others. In schools a naïve I had often wondered how and when the Swastika symbol, which I thought was essentially Indian, became a Nazi symbol. I had no idea then that he claimed more right over it than us who too have this sense of superfluous superiority in racial matters, though we might never admit it. A delusive Alexander the Great used Greek Mythological characters and their heroic exploits to infuse exasperating  fighting spirit in his own very recalcitrant army. A modern day Jihadist is obsessed with the promise of a sure heaven after the quick end of his violent life. Examples of leaders exhorting the passion of their electorate with promises of rectification of historical blunders or shames are most common.

The point is that history and myths as inspirations have always shaped the destiny of common man in all cultures and lands. But when they are organized for presentation at later dates, the casualty is always they who live regular lives. On the face of an all-encompassing, all engrossing, demonic and dangerously opinionated times in the global society, where psychological evolution is rather in the reverse direction, things can be only more wrong. Everything else has become more important than food and human lives. A later date chronicler may probably sum up our era as an unfortunate product of the exigencies of changing times. The perpetrators of everything skewed will certainly find themselves condoned, posthumously though, of their transgression in future time and that should be their only consolation.

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Let us take, to avoid heated debates afterwards, only secular myths for example. The tribal of India in both sexes, in many parts of Orissa and elsewhere still use homemade alcohol as an integral part of their social and religious life. Their traditions have certainly some allegiance to some tribal myths about the efficacy of consumption of alcohol for body and mind. Even our Rig Veda suggests that alcoholic drink ‘soma rasa’ positively encourage confidence, fluent speech and bravery. Myths have it that the gods in Indra’s court used to take soma ras for merriment. What to do now with any decoding of such myths that lead to justification of a gratifying act?

Myths are definitely the narratives that describe symbolically the origin of the basic elements and assumptions of a culture. It relates mostly to the regions of certain customs, gestures and forms of human activities. Almost all cultures possess or at one time possessed or lived in terms of myths. In a multi-cultural society like ours where beliefs and customs are always at loggerheads with each other, to talk of psychic life of individuals and the Jungian collective unconscious of the masses in terms of mythic interpretation is not only biased, but precarious too.  

The problem with ordinary man is that he is less scientific in approach when it comes to interpret his psychological evolution. He believes in what the cream of the crop offers and loves folklores of tradition and myths in active socio-political life.  Living unhappily at physically plane, talking about or listening from experts promises of heavens in exchange of mundane acts. As the time sequence of a myth is always the extra-ordinary ‘other time,’ the reverence for it is well worth it.  Tension is bound to follow because organizations and individuals are using them as a rational and analytical mode of arriving at a true account of reality.

Sadly interesting is, like the devil’s funny example in the joke that was told at the outset, the elites’ organized attempt to reclaim the extra-ordinary time and place of past at the cost of the ‘now’ of a regular man.  The irony is that it is the same regular man who plays a crucial role in reenactments of the much rehearsed and much performed stage shows of violence in the unremitting lives of common man since evolution.  The double irony is that in the meanwhile, his fate lies loaded with the overlapping of values, myths and traditions of pleasant past, waiting for dead dissection at some scholarly table of future, maybe to give birth to some more well-organized myths!

Author is the District Information and Public Relation Officer, Gajapati, Orissa

 

 

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