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The Changing Guise of Myths

Philosophical Essays

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Andrzej Leder

Each of us, waking in the morning, has to open the world we have woken into. We have to endow meaning to people, objects and tasks, have to secure a place in the chaos of time passing. When opening their eyes during the palpable reality of a dream, a person will dream beyond the dream, will carry over meanings and experiences from one sphere to another. The author of these collected essays puts various strategies under the microscope which we deploy to make the world material, analyzing the mythical structures we use for this purpose – interpreting anew their changing guise in the contemporary. Being witness to the changing material desert of post-Soviet Eastern Europe transforming into the over-saturated jungle of modern capitalism, he offers a unique window into the seemingly obvious – only to unveil its manifold human aspects of the hidden.

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The changing guise of myths When Christopher Columbus set foot on a beach in the Antilles, the Middle Ages had come to a close. For the Spanish soldiers, sailors and hidalgos though, modern forms of plunder and conversion of the native Indians did not surely differ in any particular way from that practiced in the Middle Ages in respect to the Moors from Granada. This was still the same world of Christians and Pagans, soldier-faith and service to the Devil – a world whose meaning God himself guaranteed, in return demanding ‘no surrender’ and cruelty. After all, as if to calm the non-believers, both Moors and Indians were of brown skin. Each of us, waking in the morning, has to open the world we have woken into. In fact, we have to create it anew. We have to endow meaning to people, objects and tasks – have to secure a place in the chaos of time passing. When opening their eyes during the palpable reality of a dream, a person will dream beyond the dream, will carry over meanings and experiences from one sphere to another, and the whistle of the kettle just a moment before, will read as the signal of a departing train. The sound of water boiling, song of birds outside the window, voice coming from a radio – are signs that reality exists, thanks to which it is possible to open the world. The experience of people locked up in isolation cells and deprived of experiencing the senses is...

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