LIFE AS MYTH
Muse on Pegasus. Odilon Redon. 1900. Pegasus was a horse-god, the son of Poseidon and the Medusa. Athena (goddess of wisdom, war, the arts, and justice) captured him with a golden bridle and presented him to the Muses who put him in service to the poet. According to Greek myth, under his hooves the water of the Muses (inspiration) flows.
Like the religious and cosmic myths that humankind has created across the ages, a personal myth can carry forward something about humankind that is worth preserving and improving. The stories we create can influence the stories of other people, those stories give rise to still others, and soon we find meaning and connection within a web of story making and story living. Through our personal myths, we help to create the world we live in, at the same time that it is creating us.
Dan McAdams, The Stories We Live By: personal myths and the making of the self (1993)
Life As Myth was a web site, launched in March 2007, which explored personal and collective mythology through the written and visual arts. It forms the basis for some of the the writing in The Plowshare Journal.