Re: myth & ideology

Elaine Hills (ehills@SOLEIL.ACOMP.USF.EDU)
Tue, 9 Apr 1996 20:36:32 -0400

I agree with Richard and Bill on this thread (so far). I have never
thought of a blending of the terms ideology and mythology. I think
Richard's question of the role of religion in Justine's life was key. I
am not a religious person, and even go so far as to call myself an
athiest. To me, Christianity, etc., are mythological, whereas ideologies
are more a part of a belief system that is politically based with a plan
of action. But taking a closer look at things, mythology and ideology do
seem to blend a bit because religion (to me a form of mythology) can also
be a belief system with a plan of action. Very interesting...I look
forward to hearing more from others on this.

Elaine Hills

On Sat, 6 Apr 1996, Bill Lesley wrote:

> Richard-
> I agree w/ your evaluation. It seems, to state it simplistically, that
> "our" beliefs are real and "others'" are myths. Your statement that the
> closer that other's beliefs are to one's own, the less myth-like they are
> is , I believe, valid. Perhaps I should have used the word "truth" rather
> than real?
> The blending of meaning of the terms ideology and myth is interesting.
> Are they really the same thing? I like your thread and would like to
> throw in my humble opinion when I have more time!
> Bill Lesley