In Dr. Leni Garcia’s article “There and Back Again: Philosophy’s Journey From Mythos to Logos, and Back”, we can see how philosophy evolved and started. This article shows how myths gave way to our present mindset and how different people risked in thinking outside the beliefs of their time. It all started with curiosity on how the world came about.
In this article, we could see that eventually people became curious of how things came about. It all started when they began to question different phenomenon in their lives and about how the world came about. This started the philosophical pursuit of truth and reason on how things came about. This forced early philosophers to change their perspectives about the world. Their came different philosophers that expressed their beliefs. One of them is Thales, he claimed that the earth floated on water however; his claim could be traced that it was again connected to myth and his theory was because his god patron was Poseidon. This shows that philosophy could not be completely separated from myth. Although, stories of myths were criticized by many philosophers as something that lacks reason and truth, it showed different events in one’s life and it divided life and death.
It was until the time of Plato that myths were looked upon as something that can lead to the truth. For him, “philosophical myths” contains arguments and expresses existentialism. Example of this are stories that expresses the cycle of life. From the book “Exploring the Philosophical Terrain” it is said that” myth is a pre-philosophical mirror of existentialist thought, a liberation from excessive abstraction and objectivism, a primal, original and essential form of truth”
Dr. Leni Garcia’s article is a way of letting us think if myths still have a place in our present time. And that if myth can be accepted by present thinkers as a story that leads to truth.
Part 2: Own Created Mythical Story
There was once a young beautiful maiden that lived in a kingdom. Besides having two sisters, her beauty stands out in all three of them. She was visited by many men in different places because of her radiant beauty. People were really fond of her they praised her and worship her.
However, not everyone was pleased with her beauty. Her beauty was a threat to a God, Venus. The beauty of this young maiden made the temple of Venus empty and none of the men even worship her now. Venus’ anger to this young maiden made her a decision of punishing the girl by sending one of her sons to punish her. She sent her son to the maiden.
Unfortunately, even her son was in love with the radiant beauty of the maiden. At once, they were attached to each other and they had felt love with each other. This angered Venus so she had a plan that will further end the issue between the two.
One day as Venus played her plan into action, she appeared before the beautiful young maiden. She told her that her son was to be married to another woman and that their love was nothing but forbidden. She told the maiden that there was no point in continuing their love for each other because they could never be together. Also, that she was betrayed by her son because he didn’t tell you that he was to be married with someone else.
The maiden was indeed hurt with all the things that Venus said. She mourned and wished for her life to be ended. She didn’t know what to do and that resulted the maiden to end her life immediately knowing that she and her loved one could never be together. At once, the maiden had decided that she will take her life because her life has no purpose anymore. She grabbed a dagger and plunged it to her heart.
During the night, Venus’ son was to visit the maiden in her room. He was so happy bringing a ring gift to the maiden. However, he saw the maiden lifeless laying in her bed with a knife plunged into her heart. He was scourged with sadness and anger upon seeing his loved one lifeless.
He carried the maiden’s body, but even Asclepius could not revive him, though he applied drops of the gorgon’s blood to the lifeless lips. The maiden’s spirit had already descended to Asphodel Fields. He then went to his mother and confronted her, however; he couldn’t do anything because the maiden was already lifeless.
He mourned and took the maiden’s body and made it among the stars so that his mother would be reminded of her treachery and that he would also be reminded of the love he shared with a beautiful young maiden.
This story was inspired by:
Cupid and Psyche
Artemis and Orion