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by AndrewT.O.
Wed May 09, 2007 6:05 pm
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: What is your concept of God?
Replies: 86
Views: 17994

God, to me, has 3 components: 1. The Son. The stuff inside me that knows better; that directs me on what's best. My subconscious that will guide me to the best of its ability (not omnipotent or omniscient, but better able and more observant than my conscious self). This is what gives us the strength...
by AndrewT.O.
Wed May 09, 2007 5:48 pm
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Religious Backgrounds
Replies: 45
Views: 9367

Raised in the High Anglican Church. My mother became a pentecostal at some point, and dragged me along kinda. The pentecostal church's stance on evolution and science in general killed my faith. Right now I am an agnostic who believes in the power of religion/myth both for the person and the society...
by AndrewT.O.
Thu May 03, 2007 1:55 am
Forum: Mythological Tools for Rites of Initiations and Passage
Topic: Are Rites of Passage Really Necessary?
Replies: 67
Views: 16263

Lizpete, I am quite enjoying the thread. I just have been unable to post for a while (offline world malarkey). I found no offense at all in anything you've said. In fact, this is probably the most civil webboard I have ever encountered :D
by AndrewT.O.
Fri Apr 27, 2007 7:25 pm
Forum: Mythological Tools for Rites of Initiations and Passage
Topic: Are Rites of Passage Really Necessary?
Replies: 67
Views: 16263

Andrew T.O. wow, you wrote so much, its taken me a bit. First: n our classifications, there is no in between state: One is a child, or a youth, or an adult etc. There may be many such classes/states, but there is no gradual continuum. There are discreet differences in our minds. Our minds say "this...
by AndrewT.O.
Fri Apr 27, 2007 6:47 pm
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: The Warrior Hero: Reality and Myth
Replies: 261
Views: 38810

Welcome Andrew. You’ll find America has many faces in a way. And yet it is homogeneous in other ways. But I think it is only fair to compare America with other industrialized countries and not Nigeria or Uganda. Somehow that just isn’t fair. Economic health makes all the difference in the world. Bu...
by AndrewT.O.
Sat Apr 21, 2007 8:44 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Symbols and Meaning
Replies: 8
Views: 2354

I think symbols are completely free of meaning. In fact meaning implies some system reading and interpreting. Without a mind, the symbol has no meaning. Of course, some meanings are more easily (and therefore more universally)( derived than others. But htat has more to do with the universality of hu...
by AndrewT.O.
Sat Apr 21, 2007 8:39 pm
Forum: Awakening the Mythological Mind
Topic: Atheists vs. Theists: The Quest for Middle Ground
Replies: 55
Views: 14209

First off, I guess I am neither an atheist nor a theist. I am an agnostic trying to develop his personal religion. I am open to conversion to either view, but do not consider it crucial. In fact, to my mind the most crucial question is not "do you believe in God?" but rather "how does your belief or...
by AndrewT.O.
Sat Apr 21, 2007 8:26 pm
Forum: Mythos: For the Creative Community
Topic: Theater and Myth
Replies: 8
Views: 3103

I believe that theatre, like myth itself, serves multiple (in this case mythic) functions and different levels of thought. 1. In its forcing the actor to play a role, it reminds the audience (constantly) that the identities we possess in this life are artificial or at the very least not the full pic...
by AndrewT.O.
Sat Apr 21, 2007 8:01 pm
Forum: The Wisdom Pool: The Associates Research Dialogue
Topic: Towards a global mythology
Replies: 57
Views: 9152

My thoughts on the global mythology is that it will emerge unavoidably. It's just a matter of time. 1. Already we see the beginnings of a global worldview forming. This is fostered by a culture of travel and the advent of global media. International trade and the global economy is another facet of t...
by AndrewT.O.
Sat Apr 21, 2007 6:43 pm
Forum: Follow Your Bliss
Topic: Osama Bin Laden is following his Bliss
Replies: 20
Views: 5951

Lizpete, I thoroughly enjoyed your well crafted post. May I also say you have articulated the moral standpoint of our "side" quite clearly. Here's my clumsy attempt to square the circle and agree with both you and myself at once :D The only way for us to follow our bliss is to treat him as though he...
by AndrewT.O.
Sat Apr 21, 2007 6:33 pm
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: The Warrior Hero: Reality and Myth
Replies: 261
Views: 38810

AJ, I agree that warrior nature is hardwired. And I subscribe to your hypothesis on the violent consequences of suppressing/denying (shadowing?) it. Definitely holy war smacks of projecting all hostility onto the other to the point of making them a devil. My people have a saying "the animals are dan...
by AndrewT.O.
Sat Apr 21, 2007 6:22 pm
Forum: Mythological Tools for Rites of Initiations and Passage
Topic: Are Rites of Passage Really Necessary?
Replies: 67
Views: 16263

I'd say it has. One could say this is a drawback of a multi-cultural society. What rites are to be used? We are connected by the milestones of school graduations, drivers license acquisition, marriage (the only potentially religious one on the list) and retirement. But do these activate the energie...
by AndrewT.O.
Sat Apr 21, 2007 6:10 pm
Forum: Mythological Tools for Rites of Initiations and Passage
Topic: Are Rites of Passage Really Necessary?
Replies: 67
Views: 16263

Rituals, to my mind, are necessary because they speak to the subconscious, and (for instance) tell the child "you are now an adult". Why is this necessary? Because we consciously and subconsciouly classify human beings, including ourselves. We have ideas about what a child/adult is (symbols), and wh...
by AndrewT.O.
Sat Apr 21, 2007 6:00 pm
Forum: Follow Your Bliss
Topic: Osama Bin Laden is following his Bliss
Replies: 20
Views: 5951

I believe that one can follow one's bliss and be at odds with the world and/or individuals within it. In that sense yes OBL may well be following his. Additionally, like characters in a movie, two people may follwo their bliss and end up in conflict. The difference between them and the non-blissful ...
by AndrewT.O.
Sat Apr 21, 2007 5:45 pm
Forum: Exploring Your Personal Mythology
Topic: Thank you Joesph Campbell, wherever you are
Replies: 11
Views: 3884

In my experience (ultimately I can only speak for myself), Campbell's work didn't present rules that must be followed, but instead served as a catalyst that provoked me into partnering with the universe in the creation (and understanding) of my own reality. (Forgive me for waxing vague and poetic, ...