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134,254. A sequence of events that saw a surprise attack by the Germans and their rapid advance through France in a breathtaking period of blitzkrieg. Then a chaotic retreat to the coast by Allied troops, evacuation followed by the fall of France. For the French, the shame of defeat demanded blame and scapegoats, so again myths, this time of betrayal, were created to explain away national disaster. For Germany, victory created a different kind of myth, providing Hitler with an image of himself as military genius. (World War II & Myth) Tim Pigott-Smith, The Other Side of Dunkirk, BBC 2020
650. Christianity along with all other theist belief systems is the fraud of the age. It serves to detach the species from the natural world, and likewise each other. It supports blind submission to authority. It reduces human responsibility to the effect that God controls everything, and in turn, awful crimes can be justified in the name of divine pursuit. And most importantly, it empowers those who know the truth to use the myth to manipulate and control societies. The religious myth is the most powerful devise ever created and serves as the psychological soil upon which other myths can flourish. (Religion & God & Christianity & Control & Myth) Peter Joseph, Zeitgeist
686. The Nazi belief in these ancestors was to form the foundation of Germany’s new religion. A religion with Adolf Hitler as its High Priest. Inspiring Hitler’s evil crusades was a belief that pure Aryan blood was being contaminated be so-called inferior races ... To prove their superiority the Nazis would leave no myth or religion unexplored. In effect borrowing from any belief that could adapt to the Aryan cause. As a foundation for this new faith Hitler needed to eliminate competing religions. (Religion & Nazi & Myth) Nazis: The Occult Conspiracy
27,101. From the ashes of World War One Adolf Hitler attempted to build a sinister new world order. Led by a so-called race of Aryan supermen. Spreading a reign of terror unlike any the world had ever known. Many believed the Nazis conjured strange spirits and followed occult practices that had lain dormant in Europe for thousands of years. Now documents prove that their beliefs were based on a perversion of ancient pagan law, a twisting of mythic battles between the forces of light and darkness. (Nazi & Myth & Occult) ibid.
754. There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths. (Belief & Life’s Like That & Myth) Bertrand Russell, Human Society in Ethics and Politics
1,032. Faith is a myth and beliefs shift like mists on the shore; thoughts vanish; words, once pronounced, die; and the memory of yesterday is as shadowy as the hope of to-morrow. (Faith & Myth & Belief & Think & Words & Memory & Hope) Joseph Conrad
2,406. Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths. (Science & Myth & Criticism) Karl Popper, Conjectures and Refutations
7,811. We have a really good understanding now of the psychology and sociology of myth-making. (UFO & Myth) Dr Michael Shermer
8,569. For thousands of years ancient myths have told of gods who came down from the heavens. Who were these mystical beings who ruled the skies with their supernatural powers? (Alien & Ancient Astronaut Theory & Myth & Gods & Greek Mythology) Ancient Aliens: Gods & Aliens s2e2
8,570. If Mount Olympus was home to alien visitors, was Zeus their leader? (Alien & Ancient Astronaut Theory & Myth & Gods & Greek Mythology) ibid.
8,571. One of the most important Greek gods is Apollo who rode the skies in his chariot of fire. (Alien & Ancient Astronaut Theory & Myth & Gods & Greek Mythology) ibid.
8,572. Norse legends record the triumphs of great warriors with advanced weaponry, sophisticated combat techniques and navigational prowess. Like the Greeks, Norse mythology recounts supernatural beings, other worlds and powerful gods. (Alien & Ancient Astronaut Theory & Myth & Gods & Greek Mythology & Norse Mythology) ibid.
8,573. Such similarities are not limited to the Greek and Norse myths. In India the ancient epic of the Mahabharata describes visitations from God who possess the advanced technology of space travel. (Alien & Ancient Astronaut Theory & Myth & Gods & Greek Mythology & India) ibid.
8,574. But technology was not the only characteristic these ancient deities had in common. According to legends the gods enjoyed intimate relations with humans. If aliens chose human women as their sexual partners, what was their motivations? And what was the outcome of these very close encounters? (Alien & Ancient Astronaut Theory & Myth & Gods & Greek Mythology & Anunnaki & Nephilim & India) ibid.
8,575. Some of the oldest accounts of gods and humans interbreeding can be found in ancient Hindu texts. (Alien & Ancient Astronaut Theory & Myth & Gods & Greek Mythology & Anunnaki & Nephilim & India) ibid.
8,576. In the early 1800s local legends passed down by the Paiute Indians told of a race of Giants who were exterminated by their tribe. (Alien & Ancient Astronaut Theory & Myth & Gods & Greek Mythology & Anunnaki & Nephilim & Native Americans & Giant) ibid.
8,577. Are the Nevada bones evidence of a race of Giants? (Alien & Ancient Astronaut Theory & Myth & Gods & Greek Mythology & Anunnaki & Nephilim & Native Americans & Giant & Nevada) ibid.
8,589. An enormous flying creature born out of a raging inferno. A vicious three-headed dog guarding the gates of Hell. And mysterious sea serpents terrorising mankind. Are such monsters merely mythical creatures of fantasy or did they actually exist in the ancient past? (Aliens & Ancient Astronaut Theory & Hell & Mythology & Monsters) Ancient Aliens: Aliens and Monsters s3e2
83,300. Norse legends record the triumphs of great warriors with advanced weaponry, sophisticated combat techniques and navigational prowess. Like the Greeks, Norse mythology recounts supernatural beings, other worlds and powerful gods. (Norway & Mythology) Ancient Aliens: Gods & Aliens
11,835. There was no ancient Israel. Israel is an intellectual construct. In other words these people were not re-thinking their past, they were inventing their past. They had no past. So the Bible is a myth, a foundation myth told to legitimate a people who had no legitimacy. (Bible & Old Testament & Israel & Myth) William G Dever, University of Arizona
11,837. The further back you go in the Biblical texts the more difficult it is to find historical material in it. The patriarchs go back to Genesis. Genesis is for the most part a compilation of myths, creation stories, things like that, and to find an historical core is very difficult. (Bible & Old Testament & Scripture & Israel & Myth) David Ilan, Hebrew Union College Jerusalem
11,858. Stories about a Lileth-type character always existed from the first fire-sides. Lilith takes the mythological space of the evil woman; which is a space that exists in almost every series of mythologies – part of it is the discomfort with sexuality; and part of it is the human imagination creating devils, demons, all sorts of difficulties to explain evil in the world. (Adam & Eve & Myth & Evil & Woman) Rabbi David Wolpe
34,284. The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. (Kennedy & Truth & Myth) John F Kennedy, June 1962
61,829. Myths were never fixed. They evolved and mutated. (Greek Mythology & Myths) Professor Robin Lane Fox, Greek Myths: Tales of Travelling Heroes, 2010
82,366. A myth is, of course, not a fairy story. It is the presentation of facts belonging to one category in the idioms appropriate to another. To explode a myth if accordingly not to deny the facts but to re-allocate them. Gilbert Ryle, The Concept of Mind 1949
82,367. In one sense, w myth is an idea that, while widely believed, is false - does not correspond with reality. In a deeper sense ... a myth serves as an orienting and mobilising story for people ... The focus is not on the story’s relation to reality, but on its function ... A story cannot function this way unless it is believed to be true in the community or the nation. It is not a matter of debate if some people have the bad taste to raise the question of the truth of the sacred story, the keepers of the faith do not enter into debate with them – they ignore them or denounce them as blasphemers. Professor David Ray Griffin, 9/11 The Myth and the Reality