The Lie that Myths are Lies

Typically, when a person hears the word myth, it will often be used as the favorite PC (patriarchally-correct) code word for lie or lies. You will rarely hear or read the bald-faced word lie—which has the unambiguous meaning of “an intentionally false statement”—in American media.

Instead, myth will often be blithely substituted into lie‘s rightful place. This practice distorts both terms, myth and lie, and takes the potency and vibrancy out of each of them.

Myths are actually overarching narratives that teach, explain, remind, or inform us about ourselves in relation to each other and in relationship with the greater world of Nature and the cosmos. Myth uses metaphors extensively as a poetic way to pack a lot of information into a visual or kinetic association. Worldwide, indigenous and archaic myths were encapsulated truths told in story-form so the information could be easily remembered. Myths are sacred narratives and were treated as such for much of human history.

Therefore, using myth as a code word for lie is simultaneously nonsense as in “Ha! Myth is a lie? Nothing could be farther from the truth!” and perfect sense because a key strategy of patriarchy is to distort real myths so much they become meaningless or a half-truth. This myth-distortion is deeply convoluted and it is one of patriarchy’s tools for social and political control through public narrative. Examples are found under the section Big Daddy’s Myth Course.