The power of story

August 9, 2012 at 8:15 am (Daily Awesomeness)

Cracked is a comedy news/science website that is often not safe for work (or children). But every so often it gets inadvertently inspirational – such as during the article “Five Ways You Don’t Realize Movies Are Controlling Your Brain“.

Here’s the bit I liked best:

The point is, this is why stories were invented — to shape your brain in a certain way. A guy named Joseph Campbell wrote whole books about it, you should read them. These basic stories, these myths of the hero overcoming the odds, the great man who sacrifices himself for the greater good — they’re what make civilization go. In a society, the people and the buildings and the roads are the hardware, mythology is the software.

And while your ancestors had their heroes that they heard about around the campfire, you have Batman, and Luke Skywalker, and Harry Potter. And yes, the movies you watched this summer serve the same purpose as those ancient myths.

Read more: 5 Ways You Don’t Realize Movies Are Controlling Your Brain |

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