Every society has its myth, the story of its search for truth, for meaning, for significance, according to Joseph Campbell. The word “myth” comes from the Greek mythos, which means “speech, thought, story, myth, anything delivered by word of mouth.” Why do people care about their own myth? Joseph Campbell suggests that, “Myths are the stories of our search through the ages for truth, for meaning, for significance…Myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of the human life.”
What does a myth mean for us? It is a framing for our deeper shared purpose, describing where we came from, how we started, what we serve, and why we need each other. Campbell found four functions of the myth:
- The Metaphysical Function — Awakening a sense of awe before the mystery of being
- The Cosmological Function — Explaining the shape of the universe
- The Sociological Function — Validating and supporting the existing social order
- The Pedagogical Function — Guiding the individual through the stages of life
We can explore our creation myth, where we came from, and our foundation myth, how we started.
Creation Myth. Where did we come from? What is the model that describes our essential character? We are Homo lumens, beings of light, of infinite creative potential with the ability to tangibilize the infinite potential we see. As Homo lumens, we all want to experience resource abundance, appropriate inclusion in decision making and enforcement, vibrancy in what we value, and the harmonic in our interactions. Since we are Homo lumens, which drives what we all want, this influences how we try to engage in this world together.
Foundation Myth. How did we start? As Homo lumens, we started unconsciously trying to express our infinite potential, from the beginning. Anthropological evidence seems to show that many people have figured out thousands of ways to manifest our infinite potential. It seems that most of these examples, where people learned to express their infinite creative potential, were in small groups. As we progressed as humanity to very large nation states, we have struggled with finding ways to manifest that infinite creative potential on much larger scales. Our research suggests that many efforts today that try to explore this abundance frontier seem to do so from scarcity-based agreements. And, some are beginning to start a new foundation myth, from explicitly abundance-based agreements.
This new foundation myth starts with our experience, what we all know within our own experience. We then use an abundance-based framing to support our ability to see what we experience and what we authentically want, indicating ways in which we can begin to take on abundance-based agreements consciously. From this foundation, we are beginning to see pathways for co-investing in cohosting collaboration, a way to engage all of the required perspectives to address what we really want as Homo lumens, to experience ourselves as Homo lumens, as creative beings with infinite potential to manifest the realities we envision.