Real vs. Mythical

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“Real Vs Mythical” by; Copper D.W.

When we were young we were all guilty of dress up, either from dressing as a Jedi Knight to save the Galaxy, to a fairy on their way to Neverland or really anything but ourselves. Admit it; we’ve all done it. As children, we’ve all heard stories of creatures and abilities that are not even considered to be possible in today’s world, and we all believed in the stories. We believed in magic. Through books, this magic lived on, through reading encyclopedias, novels and picture books. Magic was real, it was part of us. Yet as we aged we learned the “truth” about all of those childhood stories, and we learned that it was all make-believe.

While some quickly accepted the truth others did not, which either led to no longer believing in magic or secretly believing in it when we couldn’t accept magic not being real. However, was it really a good idea to tell us this “truth” in the first place? My logic is that not only are the parents ripping away part of their children’s childhood but maybe they aren’t exactly right. I am not here to judge in your taste of fantasy, but perhaps that just because we don’t see something doesn’t mean it’s not there. There are lots of situations when things don’t appear as they seem, yet still end up being real and ‘legit’. Things like the apparent extinction of species such as the Bermuda Petrel (bird), Monito de Monte (Marsupial), and the New Holland Mouse. All thought to have been long gone, only to be rediscovered at least two centuries to eleven million years later after their apparent extinction. In general, when we can’t figure something out we put up a “wall” for ourselves when there is no apparent way around it; the human race just seems to accept it and move on. Have you ever wondered that maybe if people kept on searching for these species that they wouldn’t have been considered extinct in the first place?

Again in science, this theme reoccurs. There are many times when scientists declare something logical (normally including a limitation), only to have it proven by another even if the results seem unreal. An example of this is that currently, scientists are looking for other beings on different planets that have similar compositions of matter as ours. But have you ever wondered that maybe other beings may not be composed of similar matter? They could be composed of fire, dirt or really anything. I know that opens a lot of doors, but there has been an example of this: a bacteria-like creature living in a tar sand which was not composed of human substances. All I’m saying is that this common error is something that repeats itself over the centuries and that just because something doesn’t appear as it may seem, it doesn’t mean that there’s more depth to it. The way I think about it is like some kind of body of water. It may look shallow (or deep) at the first look but only when tested will you see its true depth. Now to tie this into real versus mythical, the same principles remain.

Have you ever heard the saying “seen but not heard”? Well, it can work the other way as “heard but not seen”. Which leads me to another point. We’ve all heard these stories about creatures and people with magical abilities,  either through old time stories, folk songs or current media and novels. Now, just focusing on the older tales and stories, my question to you is where did those stories originate from? Were they dreams, past events? Still, most of these tales have an allegory sunk into them.

In conclusion, these stories and tales seem to be past events. As taught in history class: “We learn what was done wrong in the past, to better live and learn in the future,” said by any history teacher ever. Everything is derived from something and these stories now thought as just tales in black and white, could have been in full HD colour back when they were first created. All in all, the choice of what you decide to believe in is yours, but the world is only as big as we perceive. Either being a world full of wonder and possibility or a maze all concluding to dead ends. The choice is yours. What do you believe in?

 

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