To the Fantastical Thinkers:
Two months ago I asked the group for topics and two people expressed they would like to talk about the power of folklore and how it can communicate truths that are often more significant than anything we can get from the reasoning that we are so in love with as philosophers.
Many in our group might find this to be a pretty big change of pace, but admit it. In between the lines of some of these stories we enjoy listening to again and again, there are potentially powerful connections that really tickle our rational bone in ways it is not often tickled. Sometimes the things it tickles really can create understandings comparable to the things we learn in philosophical inquiries.
Though I have no precise agenda for this and will take up any suggestions as I organize things, we will certainly go into some academic stuff like comparisons between myths, folklore, legends and their connections to the spiritual; the power in spoken versus written sources; and how these things evolve and attain their power.
We certainly will work in how these alternate sources fit into our traditional rational paradigms. A consideration of the images in Plato’s and Nietzsche’s worldviews might slip in there somewhere. Let’s face it. Nietzsche’s Zarathustra and its myth creations, destructions and deconstructions, though they might lead us astray, are something we need to keep in the backs of our minds.
But if you could spend some time coming up with a favored folk tale or legend others might not know about, there could be some fun telling a few of these while going into how it touched you and wherein its power lies.
I would like you to consider seeing something before coming and we can talk a bit about it. There was this amazing Norwegian horror film that came out in 2010 called Trollhunter and is available on-demand through Netflix. It tells a tale similar to The Blair Witch Project where some kids discover by accident this character who leads them into this dark unknown forest where an entire universe of traditional Scandinavian troll myths emerge and connect. For me, I was enchanted and mystified as I learned in fantasy about this troll and that troll and how each story goes well beyond its literal telling. The birth of legends … how intoxicating!
I know this topic may be a little troubling for some of our usual suspects, but please think about giving it a try. It couldn’t hurt and I guarantee I can make it a fun evening.