Society runs on fiction. Economies run on fiction. Myth-making is the main business of any civilization. Most of the West's leisure time goes in to consuming elaborately-produced fiction churned out by massive billion-dollar industries, but somehow this has no impact on us? I'm not sure how the basic idea of culture could seem like such a silly idea to someone derisively suggesting Eco essays. I could suggest in turn you read some Joseph Campbell, or hell, even cite Plato right back at you, but instead I'll just propose that if you don't think the terms of a discussion are worthwhile, you'll probably be happier spending your time elsewhere instead of undermining someone's interests.
Originally Posted by dsch
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