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The New Myth of Meaning
Quadrant (1977)
  • Edward Edinger

History and anthropology teach us that a human society cannot long survive unless its members are psychologically contained within a central living myth. Such a myth provides the individual his reason for being. To the ultimate questions of human existence it provides answers which satisfy the most developed and discriminating members of the society. And if the creative, intellectual minority is in harmony with the prevailing myth, the other layers of society will follow its lead and may even be spared a direct encounter with the fateful question of the meaning of life. It is evident to thoughtful people that Western society no longer has a viable, functioning myth. Indeed, all the major world cultures are approaching, to a greater or lesser extent, the state of mythlessness. … The loss of a central myth brings about a truly apocalyptic condition and this is the state of modern man. …

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Edward Edinger. "The New Myth of Meaning" Quadrant Vol. 10 Iss. 1 (1977)
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