Temet Nosce

Piecing together the puzzle of mythology and the human condition

Posts Tagged “exemplar”

Furiosa’s Road: Mad Max as Feminist Ally

Posted on May 19th, 2015 by Thomas Ryan

“I cannot make liberty my aim unless I make that of others equally my aim.” — Jean-Paul Sartre WARNING: This article contains plot spoilers and possibly PTSD triggers. Please proceed with caution. I was already excited to see George Miller’s return to the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Mad Max after a 30 year hiatus, but when I read […]

Man of Steel / Son of Man

Posted on August 5th, 2013 by Thomas Ryan

I’ve been a fan of both Jesus and Superman for almost as long as I’ve been alive, and one thing I can tell you about both men is that their stories fit the mythic hero archetype. This is why, whether intentional or otherwise, Superman can be seen as an allegory of any one of handfuls […]

Invisible Lessons

Posted on May 8th, 2013 by Thomas Ryan

When I went to technical college, I lamented to my father about having to take Calculus classes. I knew that in my chosen field (which I had already been working in for several years), calculus was something I would never be called on to use. In responding, my father described having a similar experience while […]