A few popular myths:
• Most ancient people believed in a flat earth. Columbus didn’t, nor did all those people who saw the top of an incoming sailing ship a bit at a time.
• Mussolini made the trains run on time. This was merely Fascist propaganda. Trains were a critical part of commerce in Italy and ran just fine.
• Manhattan was purchased for $24 of beads. It was 60 guilders, or about $1,000 today, but the Native Americans viewed it more as “rent” (to their later regret).
• The Salem witch trials burned people at the stake. This never happened in America, though it did in Europe.
• Edison invented the light bulb. Nope, it had been around, but he improved the filament and the vacuum to make a marketable product.
• Nero fiddled while Rome burned. That would be tough since the fiddle was created 1,000 years after Nero.
• Everyone died at the Alamo. A dozen non-combatant women and children were spared.
• Three hundred Spartans held off millions of Persians at Thermopylae. Actually, Xerxes probably had 100,000 men and Leonidas had thousands of troops helping him from beyond Sparta.
• Martin Luther was a highly religious priest bent on reforming corruption in the church. He was a monk, not a priest, and was certainly anti-corruption. But he was also a virulent anti-Semite and increasingly intolerant as he aged, not very “Christian.”
Our myths today?
• The customer is always right.
• Everyone needs to go to college.
• We should plan for a retirement.
• UFOs are intelligent, extraterrestrial objects.
• We have courts of justice. (Read the signs, they are courts of law.)
• Every single person has to react to every single grievance of others.
Families, schools, companies, athletics all have their myths. They are widely held but false beliefs, idealized conceptions.
Recall the story about the tortoise and the hare? I’d rather go with the great Damon Runyon: “The battle isn’t always to the strong, or the race to the swift. But that’s the way to bet.”
The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. —John F. Kennedy
In every age “the good old days” were a myth. No one ever thought they were good at the time. For every age has consisted of crises that seemed intolerable to the people who lived through them. —Brooks Atkinson
Somebody said to me, “But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.” That’s a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, “Now, let’s write a swimming pool.” —Paul McCartney
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