The 8 Universal Human Laws

Mythology and The Human Experience

As part of the Greek and Roman Mythology course that I have been following for the last 10 weeks, our teacher Dr. Peter Struck has been drawing out a number of “universal human laws” from the myths.

We read of Odysseus, of Aeneas, of gods, of monsters.  We read material from 7,000 years ago up to 2000 years ago, the poet Ovid in 40AD.  What is it that is held in these stories?  What are the authors communicating to us?

As we explored the stories using various “toolboxes”: Psychoanalysis, Myth and Ritual, Functionalism, and Structuralism.  Each of the “toolboxes” is a different way of interpreting the meaning behind a myth.

Functionalism explains human society as a whole in terms of the function of its constituent elements; namely normscustomstraditions, and institutions.  A functionalist reading of myths might extract the universal human laws.

Here is the list of the Universal Human Laws:

The Universal Human Laws

Parthenon, East Frieze, Slab 4 (Gods)

Parthenon, East Frieze, Slab 4 (Gods), credit: profzucker

  1. Nostalgia is the most powerful force in the universe.
  2. If you want to persuade people you should know your audience.
  3. It’s not good to be food.
  4. A leadership decision means choosing between two bad options.
  5. When you tell a lie, you should keep close to the truth.
  6. Secrecy creates intimacy.
  7. A deep connection with the land is a common human expression.
  8. People at the top of the power structure and people at the bottom of the power structure tend to embrace the idea of teleology (destiny, universe is moving towards a natural order of things).

What do you think of these 8 universal laws?  What strikes you about these 8?  What seems to be missing?

What do you think? Let me know you were here ;-)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

My Journey 2 Scratch

"The secrets to life are hidden behind the word cliché" - Shay Butler

PLATAFORMA CONTRA LAPRIVATITZACIÓ I URBANITZACIÓ D'UNA PART DEL PARC

itsbrianmcfadden

Helping you be your best you...

antryump

"A Blog worth reading "

Karen Blumberg

Technology is special.

The Night Owl Writer

Wide Awake in Midnight City

sivaprakashsidhu

Living positively and Inspiring guy who motivates people all the time!!

MARKETING INSTITUCIONAL Y COMUNICACIÓN PUBLICA

ESTRATEGIA Y LIDERAZGO PARA MEJORAR LA GESTIÓN PÚBLICA Y SUS PROFESIONALES

saastr

thoughts on web services people pay for

Rich Sense ~ Christian Leadership & Daily Life

Walking deeper in Christ, living a richer life

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 8,315 other followers

%d bloggers like this: