Depth psychologist Carl Jung writes that mythology is the guiding function of the individual human life. Joseph Campbell writes that myth and dream serve as public/private correlates of the same idea -- the "narratives with power" that provide us as individuals, and as collective cultures, with the capacity to live enervated and invigorated lives. Both Jung and Campbell, as well as contemporary artists and scholars, note that mythology is increasingly absent in the modern world -- echoing an idea famously noted by Friedrich Nietzsche. I want to discuss the importance of finding both a personal myth to live, as well as finding a myth for our great city, in the same vein of the original Greek polis.

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