The Aspirations of Changing and Controlling Truth
One of the most Ancient Patterns of Myth, likely playing out today.
As a part of our explorations of ancient myths and traditions to find pertinent patterns that are possibly being played out right now in our contemporary times, one concept that suddenly stood out as a major component of current societies was this: the effort to try to control, define or redefine Truth itself - and trying to subjugate the timeless patterns and dynamics of Reality that ultimately constitutes Reality itself, by definition.
One can easily find a wide range of general examples of Hubris and Pride in the older traditions; about the very common and abundant human over-confidence and the perils of not acknowledging one’s own limits and capabilities, with for example the stories of the Tower of Babel, Apollo’s son Phaethon and the Sun Chariot, or Deadalus’ son Icarus flying too high towards the sun.
But some more direct examples of the endeavour of denying, redefining or surpassing Truth itself seemed harder to find, until one imagery suddenly became clear before us:
You said in your heart:
“I will ascend to the heavens;
I will raise my throne above the stars of God.
I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.”
This is from the ancient prophet Isaiah, which is showing how the effort of transcending Truth was in many ways seen as an ancient definition of the diabolical impulse and the aspiration and pride of Lucifer himself.
And to some comfort, Pride and Hubris is also what eventually causes the downfall of Lucifer, down to the center of Inferno. Maybe we are already seeing the cracks in the strained and artificial effort to control the Truth over the last 10-15 years, and the first signs of something, slowly starting to fall.
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Very well put! It's a fascinating idea that Pride becomes its own downfall. Pride can perhaps elevate us for a brief time, but no matter what, our own Pride will inevitably drag us back down.
“I keep trying to get out, and Pride Pulls Me Back In!”