What was the first thing a man must do before he can be a man? He must be born. He must leave the womb. And once left, it could not be reentered.
We mythologists know very well that myths and legends contain borrowings, moral lessons, nature cycles, and a hundred other distorting influences, and we labor to cut them away and get to what might be a kernel of truth. In fact, these same techniques must be applied to the most sober histories, for no one writes the clear and apparent truth – if such a thing can even be said to exist.
There’s no merit in discipline under ideal circumstances. I’ll have it in the face of death, or it’s useless.
There was this superstitious fear on the part of the pygmies of the present for the relics of the giants of the past.