Destruction Myths

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Destruction Myths (Order A2087285) Human beings are imperfect creatures; possessing both higher, divine qualities and the more baser, animalistic ones as well. This dichotomy often leads to human beings to strive to be better than they are while simultaneously explaining why humans so often fail to achieve this goal. But, because humans can envision a better future, with every failure comes the possibility of renewal and another chance. Perhaps this is why so many human cultures have some sort of flood myth buried in their ancient past where a divine power destroyed humanity in response to their failure to remain on the path of righteousness. In Greek mythology, Zeus, king of the gods, unleashed a flood upon humanity in response to their partaking in one of the most intolerable taboos: cannibalism. But with most destruction myths, there is always some humans who survive the catastrophe due to their piousness and willingness to obey the divine power. Because there are always some survivors to rebuild human society better than before, destruction myths emphasize the positive aspect of human nature. In the video "Clash of the Gods: Zeus," Greek mythology is explored, specifically the life and career of the king of the Olympian gods: Zeus. But like many other cultures, in particular the Jewish culture as represented by the Old Testament, a great flood is unleashed upon humanity. This catastrophe is the result of humanity's actions and unwillingness to live according to the
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