Essay on An Essential Part Of Human Knowledge

1455 Words Sep 29th, 2016 6 Pages
The Story as an Essential Part of Human Knowledge Once upon a time, someone asked a question, and someone else answered with a story. Stories hold many functions in civilizations, from telling us how the world was created like Genesis in the Torah, to explaining natural phenomena such as the changing of the seasons like in the story of Dumuzi in Inanna’s myths, to providing guidance and a cultural legacy like Homer’s Iliad. Stories exist as an essential part of human knowledge to answer our questions and pass on information, allowing humans to make sense of the natural world and their cultural legacy. Looking at the stories of past civilizations up through modern ones, there is always one pattern, one story, retold in countless different ways, that persists: the origin story. Stories fill a role in human knowledge, and part of that role includes explaining the world around us, including its origin. Science is now widely accepted as the story of the beginnings, of the creation of the universe, the earth, and subsequently, us, but it is only the most recent in a long line of stories explaining how the world came to be. The oldest origin story we know of comes from the ancient civilization of Sumer as found in the myths of the goddess Inanna, which starts, not with the birth of Inanna, but with the birth of the world: “In the first days, in the very first days/In the first nights, in the very first nights/In the first years, in the very first years…” It then goes on to…

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