From: Tom Gray
The connection between scientific 'truth' and myth as
tools that provide useful meaning to the world is much
closer than many people give credit.
As the geologist said to the grave digger,
My sediments exactly.
The tendency to think we can learn anything
about the validity of someone's understanding
of the human condition, by reducing that someone's
working system to its bare knuckle implications,
and then say it is wrong, inadequate, misguided
or whatever, is worthy of about Grade Four thinking
and little more.
What is important for our discussion is the role
of the mythic method as Eliot identified it, in helping
us to come to terms with the chaos of the modern vortex,
which, because our technology is driven into a frenzy
of change by its core dynamic of electricity moving at
the speed of light, is causing our ordinary perceptual
modes to become completely disorineted.
from Eliot, T.S. "Ulysses, Order, and Myth" Dial 75.5 (November 1923):201.
Myth is simply a way of controlling, of ordering, of giving a shape
and a significance to the immence panorama of futility and anarchy
which is contemporary history.