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Thank you! This is such an energizing thread. The kind of dialogue I spend much of my life searching for. I've deliberately chosen the name of a book by Hans Blumenberg, Work on Myth, as the subject head for my comment because I want to affirm that there are some extremely useful resources that can be brought to bear on this topic. I also want to mention Emery Roe's Narrative Policy Analysis. For that matter I could turn this comment into a bibliography but I won't.

I wanted to say that in my view the MYTH can be summarized as "speed and the self-made man." The insidious thing about the myth is that in some way or other it appeals to all of us in the darkest recesses of our terror of loneliness and isolation. Even a manifesto is an effort to speed up the process of re-making our selves. The myth of the self-made man offers us the consolation of agency in the face of powerlessness, even if it is an illusory agency. No myth that fails to offer such a psychological life-raft won't get far.

I think what needs to be done (and I said this four years ago) is not to criticize the myth or try to substitute for it but to get inside it, understand it as no one has understood it before and divert it into a transformative myth.

I'm going to sum up the results of 11 years of research very abruptly, so I won't be surprised if people don't get what I'm saying. But I think two things have to be done to the myth: 1. replace speed with rhythm or "own time" (eigenzeit) and 2. reconfigure the proverbial work ethic of the self-made man into an ethic of time, which is an ethic of caring. Obviously, there's much more I could say to elaborate on what is involved in an ethic of time. And I will, in good time...


by Sandwichman on Fri Apr 14th, 2006 at 01:03:12 PM EST

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