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By Tony DeLorger © 2011
Bigfoot lives, he’s sixteen and on the basketball team, size 22. Dragons still exist, except they now wear pin-stripped suits and carry briefcases. Giants still tower over the rest of us, except they’re usually average height humanitarians. Trolls, fairies and gnomes are all frequently seen on earth and recognised for other, more accepted traits.
You see human perceptions have always created myths, representations of the past brought forward into the present. Beliefs that were once held find themselves as mysteries and legends of past wonders. That is not to say that these creatures didn’t exist, only that they are in different form now. We associate form with various characteristics and those characteristics live on, and as times change so do the forms that these creatures take.
You’ve no doubt heard sayings like ‘as wily as a fox’ or ‘a memory like an elephant’ , ‘eagle-eyed’ and many more. We have as a species always made these kinds of comparisons, and relate other human beings to all manner of animal and creature alike. These expressions simply connect us to life in an obvious way, trying to understand better our earthly experience.
Many myths have taken form through the perspective and experience of the people of the time, often relating every day occurrences and weaving stories, the characters finding more interesting and imaginative forms. Legends, fairytales and myths are generally based on real events and embellished for drama and enjoyment. The characters are fashioned likewise. In the end this is the art of the storyteller and the proof is in the longevity of the tale.
I do believe there have existed many creatures that have come to us in this way, but the total truth is rarely known. Life exists in an array of kind and is miraculous beyond comprehension. A closer look at some insects could have you believing that dragons and many other of these mythological creatures still exist. It’s simply our perspective that is wanting.
Life is filled with mystery and the more open we become to possibility the more we discover. It is wise not to judge anything too quickly, as the truth often exists outside our thinking. Openness is therefore a prudent undertaking.
Surely you know a few dragons, the odd bigfoot and a plethora of trolls and fairies. They all exist as do we in this realm of life. They, in all their variety and form, share this world and deserve the same respect and attention that we do. With an open mind you’ll recognise even more of them.