“Make lots of noise. Kiss lots of boys or kiss lots of girls if that’s something you’re into. When the straight and narrow gets a little too straight, roll up the joint, or don’t. Just follow your arrow wherever it points.”
“You’re doing this because you’re scared to death – like the rest of us – that you don’t matter. And you know what? You’re right. You don’t.”
“So you’re telling me the world isn’t getting worse? I’ve seen kids today, all in black, wearing makeup, shit on their faces; everything’s sex. Clinton!”
A myth is a story that people tell themselves about their past. Edith Hamilton described mythology as an explanation of nature, and indeed all myths have an explanatory quality. They are stories that explain how the world came to be. Culture, as Clifford Geertz laid out, is “a system of inherited conceptions expressed in symbolic forms.” Culture is the sum of what we pass down through language, ideas, and signs. Myths explain the world. Cultures perpetuate them.