#121 Why We Need Stories and Myths: Stephen Greenblatt

Love him or loathe him, Donald Trump told a more compelling story about himself than his opponents. The 2016 election was, for his critics, a jarring reminder of the limits of limiting political rhetoric to detailed policies and programs.

In this episode of "How Do We Fix It?", we explore the power of myths and legends: Why they are essential in making sense of life.

Harvard Humanities professor Stephen Greenblatt - author of "The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve" is our guest. 

Using the origin story in the Bible, we discuss the enormous power of foundation stories to explain human fears, desires and morality.  At their best the myths and legends we share with each other can bring our communities together in loyalty, love and solidarity. But at their worst they can lead us to believe in dangerous fantasies, setting off one group of people against "the other."






Click on the link to our Web Extra to learn more about 17th century French philosopher Pierre Bayle and how the way people understood the Adam and Eve story fundamentally changed 500 years ago during the Renaissance.