What are some of the functions that cosmic myths serve in human society? What kinds of questions do they answer?
This is a very big question, but I can give it a try. I think that one reason that cosmic myths exists is to serve as a dematerializing force in society. People gain much optimism in thinking that they are more than just a hunk of flesh existing in time and space. Dematerializing forces can take many forms: that of art, religion, music, science, or philosophy. What they have in common is that they serve as a way to inspire and comfort humans by placing them in a broader realm. The same, I think, would apply to cosmic myths.
One way to approach this question is to think of the of a few cosmic myths and see if you can find any commonalities in them. What do they have ...
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