There was a tragic event over the holidays. A man, dressed as Santa Claus who was coming out of a angry divorce went to the house of his former wife and started killing people. A little girl opened the door and was shot in the face... BY SANTA CLAUS... Others were shot and the house was put to flames. The killer then went to another house and killed himself.
This story is raw and terrible but It got me thinking about the way myth and fables and urban legends can be created in moments like this.
What are the differences between myth, fable and urban legend. Not the way the dictionary defines them but the way we define them as individuals and at a personal level.
Does anyone believe that such an event as this could become frozen in the minds of people who were involved and those who hear about it and begin to be transmitted as a sort of monster tale. For the little girl who was shot (and I have heard she will be alright physically) Christmas will forever be a time of horror, and the jolly elf in red is become a child hungry monster.
But how will this effect other children, friends, relatives and even strangers who hear about it on the playground?
Could this be the birth of what will soon become an Urban legend, a tale that grows with each telling.. It happened to a friend of a friend of mine, that sort of thing and if so does anyone think that the urban legend has the power to transform itself into a myth or fable. Such as happened with the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, a story with truth at its heart. This was a true story that became an urban legend and then a fable. But is the mind of today as easily seduced or or perhaps more easily?
Beyond that since this even is still raw in th minds of those involved is this the right time to examine it in its mythic framework or does the power of myth only become realized when the events are distant?
A lot to consider, I have my thoughts and my questions and my uncertainties... What are yours?
"In the history of psychology, Freud wished to squeeze everyone into his Oedipus myth theory wherein the child falls in love with the parent of the opposite sex and, out of jealousy, wishes to eliminate the parent of the same sex. Jung responded that this was Freud's own personal psychology, which he projected onto all of humanity. In Greco-Roman and other mythologies, there are dozens of other archetypal myths describing child-parent relationships that have no connection whatsoever with the mythic pattern of Oedipus. Have these other myths no descriptive and diagnostic value? If so, why not? Freud also believed religion was a pathological illusion and, with typical disdain, he treated it as such. More than likely he was in revolt against his own past personal delusions of a religious nature."
-Eugene Pascal, Ph.L., from "Jung to Live By".