Mosaic presents Living Myth, a podcast with Michael Meade, renowned mythologist and storyteller. Meade presents mythic stories that offer uniquely insightful and wise ways of understanding the current dilemmas of the world we live in. Living Myth proposes that genuine solutions to the complex and intractable problems of our world require both transcendent imagination and cohering, transformative narratives.
Living Myth navigateright Episode
This episode of Living Myth considers the importance of imagination when facing complicated challenges. As the world seems to go upside down, we can find ourselves in a kind of underworld where raw emotions, oppositional energies, and delusional thinking become magnified.
In these increasingly anxious times, the sense of powerlessness and fear of the unknown can cause a desperate need to find simple answers for truly complicated issues. In that sense, the COVID-19 pandemic doesn't just present a challenging medical situation; it also creates a challenge to human imagination.
The more restrictive the basic attitudes of individuals or groups tend to be, the more negative and destructive the effects of a changing world will seem to them. Where a person, group or a whole society feels most restricted, that is where the greatest lack of imagination will be found. Imagination is the deepest power of the human soul. In the end, innovation, as well as liberation, derives from the sense that freedom is found in the active, imaginative mind.
Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast. You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new live online series “Touching the Soul of the World” that begins on Friday, May 22. Register and learn more at: mosaicvoices.org/events.
You can save 30% on this series, and receive additional podcast content each month, by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. For just $10/month you will receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 230 episodes and a 30% discount on all products and live online events. Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth.
On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you and your loved ones continued well-being, protection and deep community connection during this period of great challenge, change and transformation.