Do you believe in dragons, mermaids, unicorns and fairies?
Science has been unable to prove the existence of any of these, yet many of us hold onto the idea that they may exist.
The ability to accept the possibility of the unseen and unproved is what leads to scientific breakthroughs.
Embracing the world of fantasy, mythology and magic will open minds and doors to endless possibilities.
It also promotes imagination and creativity.
BELIEVING IN MYTHS
An article at Live Science suggests it is good for children to believe in myths. The article concentrates particularly on the belief in Santa Claus and quotes a child psychiatrist as saying imagination is a normal part of development and helps develop creative minds.
I don’t think it’s a bad thing for kids to believe in the myth of someone trying to make people happy if they’re behaving,”
Dr. Matthew Lorber, a child psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
JUST BECAUSE YOU CANNOT SEE IT DOESN’T MEAN IT ISN’T THERE
There are so many things we cannot see but know exist. The very air we breathe and that keeps us alive cannot be seen.
We cannot see thoughts and emotions, but we know they exist as do radio waves, gravity, and atoms.
It was the Greek philosopher Democritus (460 B.C. – 370 B. C.) who came up with the abstract theory of atoms. Of course, he didn’t see them (we still can’t), but his imagination led him to the possibility.
A few thousand years later the English scholar John Dalton was able to use experiments to expand the atom theory.
These days we still cannot see atoms but, with the use of electron microscopes, we see the mathematical transformation of X-rays or transmitted electrons collected by a detector after an electron beam hits or passes through the sample.
It was only recently that scientists discovered trees can communicate.
The noises they make cannot be heard by the human ear.
Without the imagination to see that possibility there would have been no incentive to look for it.
So, who says dragons, mermaids, unicorns and fairies do not exist, just because we can’t see them?
There could be so many fascinating things happening right before our eyes that we cannot see, perhaps operating in a parallel universe.
In fact, quantum physics suggests that the past, present, and future is simultaneously occurring now.
Makes it exciting to be alive, doesn’t it?
Of all the mythological creatures, dragons have been the most enduring.
Dragons feature in the folklore of almost every culture around the world.
They symbolise power, strength, wisdom, and spirituality.
The European dragon is often depicted as evil and destructive.
By contrast, Chinese or Eastern dragons are considered to have great wisdom, above-average intelligence, and spirituality. They are associated with the elements of water and air and are often depicted as guardians.
All dragons are said to have magical powers, especially the ability to breathe fire.
While they are considered mythical, there are those who still search for evidence of their existence.
SEARCHING FOR DRAGONS
Cryptozoology is the study of animals that haven’t been proven to exist. It comes from the Greek word “kryptos” for hidden, and zoology, a study of animals. Animals that are subjects of cryptozoological study are called cryptids.
There have been modern-day claims of dragon sightings.
A group of 500 people in China claim to have seen a sleek, black-scaled dragon in Lake Tianchi in 2002.
Residents in a small hamlet in Tibet live in fear of a scaly beast that eats fishermen and in 1976, residents of a town in Texas believed that a dragon lived in their nearby countryside.
THE TRUTH ABOUT BELIEVING IN MYTHS
Whether dragons, unicorns, fairies and mermaids exist or not, accepting the possibility they do will train our minds to stay open.
This is important, for us and our kids, because it means we have room to grow without constraints and we become smarter and stronger as we are open to new ideas and learning and that makes us have more confidence.
It makes it easier to embrace change, instead of fighting it and to believe in ourselves.
Believing in their existence opens up the wonderful world of fantasy and imagination for us and helps us to enter into a whole new world of creativity.
In the words of Pablo Picasso; “Anything you can imagine is real”.
Here’s a fun little quiz by Buzzfeed to determine what mythical animal you are.
As a dragon lover, I was delighted to get ‘dragon’.
Check out this week’s Wacky project – how to make your dragon.
Wishing you a life full of fantasy, myths and magic, open minds and doors, and a very gleeful week, Tamuria.